Great America Committee, a newly-formed PAC controlled by Vice President Mike Pence, has begun cutting checks to a number of Republican candidates for office in the 2018 midterms, Politico reports.
Representative Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN-07) Senate campaign is among those first recipients of the funds, along with some 36 other elected office hopefuls, many of whom have a long history of loyalty to the White House.
The vice president is giving financial support to a slate of high-profile candidates that includes Missouri Senate hopeful Josh Hawley, Nevada gubernatorial contender Adam Laxalt, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is eyeing a potential Senate bid.
Not on the list: besieged Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is facing accusations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with teenagers when he was in his 30s.
Looking to reward those who have been loyal to the administration, Pence is wading into several prospective primaries. Among those getting checks are Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Senate hopeful who is facing a fight for the Republican nomination, and Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso. Several potential Barrasso primary opponents have emerged, including investor Foster Friess and Blackwater founder Erik Prince.
“I am honored to have the support of such a great conservative leader like Vice President Mike Pence,” Rep. Blackburn told The Star.
“When the Vice President was in the House of Representatives, we worked together to protect innocent human life, and I am so pleased to see what a terrific leader he has been in the White House. We both are truly dedicated to supporting President Trump’s agenda,” Blackburn added.
The Trump administration’s support for Blackburn bodes well for her GOP primary prospects, where she faces former Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN-08) and Dr. Rolando Toyos.
“President Trump continues to have extremely high approval ratings in Tennessee among likely Republican primary voters, and carried 94 out of 95 counties in the GOP Presidential primary. So, most every Republican candidate in the state will be claiming to be more aligned with Trump than their opponents,” Steve Gill, conservative political strategist, pointed out.
“Claiming it is one thing, but money talks, and a check from Vice President Pence sends a very loud message of support that the Blackburn team will certainly amplify and repeat often,” Gill noted.