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.