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Boehner, top Republicans to campaign for Anderson

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John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy and Eric CantorSoutheast Georgia is about to become a hotbed for political celebrities.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will travel to the state next month to campaign for Lee Anderson, the Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic Rep. John Barrow.

Anderson said at Saturday politics and eggs event that Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, would pay a visit to the twelfth district on October 15th to invigorate local Republican efforts to topple Barrow.

“Speaker Boehner will be here … helping me, helping us take over District 12,” he said.

Boehner’s trip will be bookended by two other top Republican lawmakers, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.

Capitol Hill sources say Rep. Cantor, the chamber’s number-two Republican, is still hammering out the precise date on which he’ll travel to the state, but those with knowledge of his schedule expect the trip in the first two weeks of October.

McCarthy will clean up for both, a local Republican told Tipsheet, with an October 17th trip to the coastal district.

Both Cantor and McCarthy helped cofound the Young Guns coalitions, an effort by the National Republican Congressional Committee to recruit and develop youthful–relative to congressional standards, anyway–candidates.

Anderson was inducted into the group earlier this month.

- James Richardson