Speaker Boehner to host $50 Boise lunch for Congressman Simpson

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will be at the Boise Centre  Aug. 26 to help his friend and colleague Mike Simpson in his bid for a ninth term.

Boehner and Simpson will be joined by GOP Gov. Butch Otter in making remarks to the luncheon crowd. Before lunch, Boehner is scheduled to appear at a private event for contributors who have made the maximum $2,600 contribution to Simpson for the 2014 primary election, said Brody Aston, Simpson’s campaign manager.

Simpson is being challenged by first-time candidate Bryan Smith, an Idaho Falls lawyer endorsed by Club for Growth. Idaho’s other House member, GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, was part of a failed coup engineered by tea party and libertarian insurgents in January. Labrador did not vote in the speaker’s race, but did receive a vote himself from Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich.

Labrador spokesman Todd Winer said his boss plans to attend the lunch.

Tickets for the $50 lunch are available from the Simpson campaign by emailing Finance Director Kendra Waitley at Kendra@simpsonforcongress.com or calling 367-1927.

A news release follows:

Speaker Boehner to Host Event for Mike Simpson

 Boise, ID – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will be in Boise on Monday, August 26 hosting a fundraiser for Congressman Mike Simpson.

The event will be held at 11:30 am at the Boise Center on the Grove. Tickets for the luncheon cost $50 each and can be purchased through Simpson’s campaign.  Along with Speaker Boehner and Congressman Simpson, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter will address attendees.

For more information on this event, please contact Kendra Waitley at Kendra@simpsonforcongress.com or call 208-367-1927.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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