Former U.S. Attorneys George Holding and Susan Brooks are getting the support of top House Republican leadership this month, with Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia making campaign stops in the Republican candidates’ home states.
Cantor visited North Carolina this week to support Holding’s bid for a seat in the 13th congressional district. Earlier this month, the House Majority Leader traveled to Indiana to campaign for Brooks, who is vying for the seat of retiring Rep. Dan Burton, a fellow Republican, in the state’s 5th congressional district.
Holding, former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, is the clear shoe-in in the race, according to analysts. The National Journal, writing about his contest with Democrat Charles Malone, quipped: “Say it with us: Rep. George Holding.” The former prosecutor made waves for his prosecution of former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards in a campaign finance case that some saw as politically motivated. In June, a federal jury in North Carolina found Edwards, a former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate, not guilty of one charge and remained hung on the remaining counts. The Justice Department decided to drop the case.
Earlier this month, Cantor spoke at a fundraising event for Brooks, who is the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.
“Her unique combination of experience and her priority of restoring the promise of America –the dream of a good education, a good job, and a higher quality of life – to the next generation of Americans will make her an excellent representative in Congress for Hoosiers in the 5th district,” Cantor said at the even, according to a news release. The former prosecutor also received an endorsement from friend and fellow ex-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, now the governor of New Jersey, in April.
Brooks faces Democrat Scott Reske in the largely Republican district.