New York's Republican House freshmen raise together for an unpredictable 2012
Six of New York's Republican representatives, all freshmen, have joined together to raise money for their first attempts at re-election.
The respective campaign committees for Michael Grimm, Nan Hayworth, Ann Marie Buerkle, Richard Hanna, Chris Gibson and Tom Reed are listed as participants of a new PAC: the New York Congressional Victory Committee 2011.
The paperwork was filed with the Federal Election Commission this week, and lists as the treasurers Lisa Lisker and Keith Davis, partners in the D.C.-based political accounting firm Huckaby Davis Lisker, who also work with the National Republican Campaign Committee.
The only members of New York's Republican delegation who are not included in the new PAC are longtime congressman Peter King, and the House's most junior member, Bob Turner, who won a special election in a heavily Democratic Brooklyn-Queens district last month.
Most of the freshmen are expected to face tough re-election fights, and the joint PAC allows the participating members to do some collective fund-raising. It's a fairly routine thing to do, but the state's redistricting process, in which Republicans are expected to lose one seat, has the potential to make even this awkward, since there's a very real chance two of them will be fighting for the same district by next year.