Nation: Boehner, Cole Hit the Stump for Candidates

Posted August 8, 2008 at 5:13pm

Republican leaders might be telling their candidates to run as party outsiders, but House hopefuls across the country are getting some fundraising help from the GOP establishment over the August recess.

Last week, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) campaigned for challengers Chris Hackett in Pennsylvania’s 10th district, Chris Lee, running to succeed retiring Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.), and Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-N.Y.).

Also on Cole’s fundraising and campaign tour this recess are stops to help GOP candidates in New Mexico’s 1st and 2nd districts, Arizona’s 8th district, Kansas’ 2nd and 3rd districts as well as for Rep. Sam Graves in Missouri’s 6th district, among others.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is headlining events for 18 candidates in Connecticut, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The Ohio Republican will also pay Hackett a visit, along with neighboring GOP challenger Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania’s 11th district, state Sen. David Cappiello in Connecticut’s 5th district, former state Republican Party Chairman Sandy Treadwell in New York’s 20th district and others. Boehner will also campaign for Lee and his fellow open-seat candidate state Sen. Kirk Schuring, running in Ohio’s 16th district.