GOP Strategist O'Connell: 'Political Trade Winds' Favor Republicans

GOP retirements in Congress are not likely to harm the party's strong prospects in the November midterm elections, says Republican strategist Ford O'Connell. 

"Overall, the Democrats are really barking up the wrong tree. The reason why it's a good time to pass the torch if you will in 2014 in some of these swing seats is the political trade winds are really in the Republicans' favor," he told Newsmax TV's John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" Wednesday. 

O'Connell has worked for several political campaigns, including the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign.

He said he believes that in California, the GOP will keep Rep. Howard Buck McKeon's seat after the outgoing chairman of the House Armed Services Committee retires. 

"The question is going to be who winds up winning the primary. This is still a Republican lead district so if you can get the right candidate at the door, guess what? The Republicans are going to hold this seat. I don't see a lot of gains and losses in 2014 on the House. We have a net 17, we can really go anywhere from a plus or minus four seat back up to a four-seat loss. The bigger concern for me would be California 31, which is [Gary] Miller's seat, because that's a strong blue situation," O'Connell said.

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