A top aide to Majority Leader Eric Cantor is leaving Capitol Hill to open a super PAC.
John Murray, the Virginia Republican’s deputy chief of staff, will leave the majority leader’s office Friday and begin raising money to start a “Young Guns” super PAC.
The organization, Murray told POLITICO Wednesday morning, will support candidates and ideas that fit the mold of the Young Guns program that Cantor started with Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
“This is going to be a legally independent, totally separate entity that’s built on the Young Guns movement,” Murray said in an interview. “It’s going to support free market, pro-business candidates and ideas, and the need to change the way Washington works.”
Since New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced he would run for president Tuesday, some conservatives have mentioned Cantor as a potential candidate. But Murray said the political action committee will not serve that purpose. In fact, Murray said he has “no intention” of putting any money into the 2012 presidential race.
In addition to supporting candidates, Murray said the organization will fund public campaigns to support legislative initiatives that House Republicans are pushing on Capitol Hill.
“I feel we need more muscular voices on the playing field when we’re deciding big policies in the House,” Murray said.
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