GOP Aims To Protect Rep. Bartlett

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The National Republican Congressional Committee says it’s adding U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett to a program that aims to protect endangered House members.

The organization said Monday that the western Maryland Republican is among 10 House members included in its “Patriot Program.” The program offers campaign assistance for those who meet certain goals.

Meanwhile, The Baltimore Sun reports Democratic state Sen. Rob Garagiola raised more than three times as much campaign money as Bartlett in the last quarter of 2011.

Garagiola raised about $344,000 to Bartlett’s $104,000.

Bartlett is seeking an 11th term in the 6th Congressional District. He faces seven Republican challengers in April.

The primary winner is expected to face a tough challenge from the Democratic nominee in November due to redistricting.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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