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Nation: Surgeon Congressman Helps GOP Challengers

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), a heart surgeon with more than two decades of experience in medicine, is hitting the road over the August recess to stump for GOP House candidates and talk to voters about health care issues.

Boustany, who gave the Republican response last fall to President Barack Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress during the health care debate, will be in Virginia on Monday for an event with state House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R), who is facing Rep. Rick Boucher (D) in the 9th district this fall.

Boustany is scheduled to be in Virginia Beach on Tuesday for an event with car dealer Scott Rigell, who is challenging freshman Rep. Glenn Nye (D) in the 2nd district. The Rigell event will include a $250-per-person fundraiser for the GOP candidate.

Boustany’s health care tour for Republican challengers is also expected to include stops in Illinois, Colorado, Washington and Oregon, although his office had not yet released a schedule for those events as of late Wednesday afternoon.

“During the swings, Boustany will meet with voters and many health care providers to discuss ways to improve the doctor-patient relationship and lower costs so more Americans can purchase meaningful health care,” spokesman Rick Curtsinger said.

“He’ll also talk about the likelihood of repealing the health law and replacing it with common-sense solutions, which is more possible and likely with a GOP majority in the House.”

Cantor’s ERIC PAC Crosses Million Mark

So far in this cycle, the leadership political action committee of Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.) has given fellow Republicans just over $1 million for their campaigns.

Runner-up leadership PACs in direct giving to candidates are the AmeriPAC of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), which has distributed $775,000; the Freedom Project of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), $629,000; and the PAC to the Future of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), which has contributed $539,000.

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