Washington (CNN) – A top aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is leaving Capitol Hill to start a new Super PAC aimed at supporting Republican candidates and promoting the House GOP's agenda.
Cantor's Deputy Chief of Staff John Murray told CNN in a phone interview Wednesday that he's leaving his post at the end of the week to launch the new political group. Murray says his goals are twofold - to help GOP candidates with campaign resources and "put a muscular communications voice behind center-right candidates and policies that are in line with the 'Young Guns' movement."
Cantor, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and Rep Kevin McCarthy, R-California, created a program dubbed the "Young Guns" in 2007 under the National Republican Campaign Committee to recruit and financially support Republican House candidates. The trio wrote a book with the same name that was released in the run up to the 2010 midterm election.
After the GOP won control of the House of Representatives that fall, Cantor and McCarthy took the number two and three leadership slots, and Ryan became the House Budget Chairman.
Murray's plans to set up the new Young Guns Super PAC were first reported by the National Journal, which noted the effort was to boost Cantor's national profile. The majority leader has become one of President Barack Obama's chief political adversaries after sparring with the president this summer over deficit reductions plans and more recently rebuffing the White House's call for a vote on his entire jobs package.
But Murray emphasizes that the Super PAC is designed as a "House focused" group. With a host of other Republican-backed Super PACs targeting 2012 presidential politics, he believes the new communications and political arm will operate in "a lane that is frankly not being fully filled out by anybody else right now."
So-called "Super PACs" emerged after the 2010 elections as independent groups that do not have any restrictions on how much money they can raise from outside groups, businesses, or wealthy donors.