t may sound more like a motorcycle gang than a political club, but state Sens. Dan Debicella and Sam Caligiuri have both just joined the “Young Guns.”
Launched by the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Young Guns program includes promising GOP challengers in this year’s House contests. Debicella and Caligiuri are the Republican candidates vying to oust Democratic incumbents in Connecticut’s 4th and 5th districts respectively.
So what does it actually mean to be a Young Gun? Debicella and others on the list obviously hope it means money-i.e., that the NRCC will buy TV ads to bolster their campaigns or otherwise channel resources into House contests. But that’s not guaranteed.
“There’s no specific benefit,” said Greg Blair, an NRCC spokesman. Except of course the cool name.