Democratic strategists put some added muscle behind underdog Hayden Rogers in his campaign to fill the Congressional seat left open by his former boss, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, in the 11th District.
In a move that will open up campaign pocketbooks, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee elevated Rogers of to the highest priority in the party's bid to reclaim the House.
Rogers is the only North Carolina Democrat to be awarded the “Red to Blue” designation that comes with financial support for TV ad buys and other outreach efforts.
“Hayden Rogers is a proven problem solver who knows how to balance a budget, meet payroll, and create jobs,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel. “Hayden will build on the successful track record of Representative Heath Shuler by putting partisanship aside to rebuild our economy,” “With his strong commitment to the mountain values of family, faith, hard work, and independence, Hayden will fight tirelessly for Western North Carolina families and seniors.”
Rogers and other N.C. Democrats face an uphill battle after redistricting made several seats held by Democrats more Republican. But Rogers put his competitors on notice when he raised more than $300,000 in the first quarter -- more than any other candidate in the race.
Rogers called the "Red to Blue" designation “a testament to the strength of our campaign.”
“Being named to the Red to Blue program is just further proof that we have the support and momentum to win in November.”