Less than a month after taking the gavel, House Speaker John Boehner (R) is already focusing on the road to 2012. Boehner's PAC, the Freedom Project, and his campaign committee will join to form "Team Boehner," a collaborative effort to work across platforms to raise money for GOP candidates.
Boehner's committees will focus on maintaining and expanding the Republican House Majority. Tom Whatman will lead Boehner's political operations with deputy Chris McNulty tasked with working closely with the National Republican Congressional Committee's political team.
Caitlin Wohlfarth, who oversaw the formation of the Boehner for Speaker program last year, will serve as finance director. Robyn Knecht will fill the role of deputy finance director and work with the NRCC's finance department. Knecht previously worked as finance director for Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.).
"On Election Day the American people spoke loudly and they spoke clearly," Boehner said in a statement. "They want more jobs, a stronger economy, and a government that is serious about stopping our government's job-crushing spending binge. The new House Majority has taken action to help end economic uncertainty and cut spending now, but the Democrats' agenda is still the agenda of Washington."
"With the White House and Senate in play and our new House majority to defend, there is much at stake in 2012," he continued. "Team Boehner's goal is to make sure that American families and small businesses understand that Republicans are listening to their priorities and concerns, and fighting on their behalf. Team Boehner is dedicated to helping Republican candidates share their vision for a smaller, more accountable and less costly government."
Boehner isn't the only one gearing up for the 2012 House elections: The DCCC is launching coordinated campaigns today against 19 vulnerable Republicans -- just the folks Boehner's team hopes to save.