Rep. Steve Chabot (R) will get a fundraising boost from President Bush next Monday. The president will appear with Chabot at the home of Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini, according to a report from The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Chabot narrowly won re-election in 2006 and will likely face state Rep. Steve Driehaus (D) in 2008.
“I think the Congressman has been a loyal follower of the president and it doesn’t surprise me that the president is coming in town to support his re-election efforts,” Driehaus said.
Chabot’s campaign referred all inquiries about the event to the White House Media Affairs Office, which has a policy not to release details on the president’s schedule until the week of travel.
Driehaus raised $287,844 for his campaign through Sept. 30 and had $251,000 in cash on hand, according to Federal Election Commission records. Chabot finished September with $535,000 in the bank.
The president won Ohio’s 1st district with 51 percent in 2004, and Chabot won re-election in 2006 with 52 percent of the vote in the district that includes most of Cincinnati.
Also according to the Enquirer, Bush came to the Cincinnati area twice to help Republicans last year, once for then-Sen. Mike DeWine’s (R) failed re-election bid and another time to raise money to help Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) win re-election.
— Shira Toeplitz