House Republicans’ campaign arm names Lisa Scheller to its ‘Young Guns’ program

The Morning Call
By Laura Olson
October 30, 2019

The National Republican Congressional Committee has named Republican Lisa Scheller to its “Young Guns” program, roughly two weeks after she launched a bid to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Susan Wild in the Lehigh Valley-based 7th District.

Scheller is in the first phase of the NRCC program, which provides mentorship and support to candidates in competitive U.S. House districts. Those candidates are expected to work toward certain fundraising and other benchmarks throughout the election cycle.

“It shows that the Republican leadership is not only excited about my agenda for more jobs, secure borders and a stronger economy, but they believe I can win,” said Scheller, a businesswoman and former Lehigh County commissioner.

Scheller is one of two Republicans running in the 7th District, which Lehigh, Northampton and parts of southern Monroe counties.

Dean Browning, another former Lehigh County commissioner, also is in the GOP primary race. He is not part of the NRCC program, but said he has talked with those officials and congratulated Scheller on meeting the fundraising benchmarks.

The House Republicans’ campaign arm typically does not make formal endorsements in competitive primaries. But House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., signaled his support of Scheller in a tweet shortly after she announced her bid.