Former Football Coach Holtz Raises Money for Republicans

WASHINGTON -- Former football coach Lou Holtz is urging support -- with votes and with money -- for Republicans running for Congress.

In a fundraising e-mail sent Tuesday on behalf of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Holtz said GOP leaders in the House are well positioned to "fire Nancy Pelosi" in November but "they can't find the end zone without your support." The message, filled with football references, asked supporters to give cash to help Republicans capture the majority on Nov. 2.

"We are late into the fourth quarter of the midterm elections and the NRCC needs your immediate help to drive our Republican Party to victory," the former Notre Dame coach said.

"I'm writing to tell you -- quarterbacked by John Boehner and Pete Sessions -- our Republican Party has an excellent team of limited-government, pro-freedom individuals ready to take the field in Washington and defeat the other team's liberal agenda."

As the minority leader in the House, Boehner, R-Ohio, is thought to be the front-runner to become speaker if Republicans win a majority of seats. Sessions, R-Texas, is chairman of the NRCC.