Former House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts (Okla.), who now runs a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm and other businesses, is hosting a fundraiser for Rep. Edolphus Towns (D) on July 17.
The breakfast fundraiser will be held at the headquarters of JC Watts Companies in downtown D.C. Suggested contributions are $500 for individuals and $1,000 for political action committees.
Towns is facing a competitive challenge in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary from Kevin Powell, an author and community activist who is casting himself as part of a new generation of leaders poised to replace the old guard in Brooklyn. Towns is also occasionally criticized by Democratic leaders and interest groups for not following the party line sufficiently and being the beneficiary of a fundraiser hosted by a former House GOP leader may only add fuel to those critics fire.
Eyebrows may also be raised because Watts, a leading Republican partisan, is hosting a fundraiser for a Democrat.
Spokeswomen for Towns and Watts did not respond to requests for comment by press time Wednesday.