Scott Tipton, GOP candidate in Colorado's 3rd Congressional district, has just achieved the NRCC's "Young Gun" status. Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Congressmen Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns Program is dedicated to "identifying, recruiting, and mobilizing a new generation of conservative leaders."
To qualify for "Young Gun" status, candidates must meet a number of benchmarks, from fundraising milestones, to grassroots efforts - even an online social media plan.
The NRCC press release about Tipton's advance says in part:
“Scott Tipton has proven that he’s ready to take on incumbent John Salazar, an out-of-touch Democrat who has blindly supported his party’s failed agenda of job-killing policies and reckless spending,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Scott’s campaign is a symbol of the growing momentum behind Republican candidates in Colorado and across the country. As Democrats and their party bosses continue to force their big-government, big-spending policies onto the backs of hard-working families, Republicans like Scott Tipton will continue to present a clear alternative to a Democrat majority that unapologetically spends too much, borrows too much and taxes too much.”
As a small business owner and state representative, Tipton knows what it takes to create jobs and get the economy back on track. After graduating college with a political science degree, Tipton started a small business with his brother which now employs 22 people. Tipton was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2008 and has since served on the House Agriculture Committee, Livestock Committee, Natural Resources Committee and Local Government Committee. As a small business owner, Tipton is acutely aware of the toll the Democrats’ spend-and-tax policies are having on small businesses – the engine of our economy.
Now that Scott Tipton has completed the Young Guns’ benchmarks to place him on the road to victory, he is ready to take on Democrat leadership’s loyal lapdog John Salazar in November.
A fiscal and social conservative, Tipton is leading his opponent in the most recent polls.