NRCC Advances Two Candidates to ‘On the Radar’

April 1, 2010

NRCC Advances Two Candidates to ‘On the Radar’

Florida Candidates Take Important First Step Toward ‘Young Gun’ Status


Washington- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has officially announced Karen Diebel (FL-24) and Craig Miller (FL-24) as ‘On the Radar’ candidates, an important first step in its Young Guns program. Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program is a member-driven organization dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. Both Diebel and Miller are running in Florida’s Twenty-Fourth Congressional District against Freshman Democrat Suzanne Kosmas.

The Young Guns program is designed to assist Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives to achieve goals and benchmarks throughout the election cycle focused on the fundamentals of a winning campaign. By achieving ‘On the Radar’ status, Diebel and Miller have already proven their ability to build a successful campaign structure and achieve important organizational goals.

“The NRCC is committed to working with both Karen Diebel and Craig Miller as they continue to meet the rigorous goals of the Young Guns program,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions. “I am confident that Republicans will be successful in our effort to defeat Suzanne Kosmas, a tone-deaf career politician who has forgotten what it means to represent Central Florida.”


Karen Diebel is a former Winter Park Vice Mayor and City Commissioner. She works as an Executive Director at Verizon Business, where her work earned her a spot on the Orlando Business Journal’s 2009 “Women Who Mean Business.”
Craig Miller, a Central Florida native, began his career serving our country in the Air Force as a volunteer enlistee and concluded his service with the rank of Staff Sargeant. Miller went on to build a successful career in the hospitality industry, serving as Chairman of the National Restaurant Association and as a Florida State Tourism Commissioner appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush.

Having achieved certain benchmarks, Diebel and Miller now face a new set of rigorous goals that will help them advance to the next level of the Young Guns program and continue building strong campaigns.


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