President Bush: Fundraiser In Chief
Seeking to return to business as usual after what even his closest advisers admit has been a harrowing last four weeks, President George W. Bush is headed to series of fundraisers for congressional candidates over the next few weeks.
Bush will be in Arizona to raise dollars for Sen. Jon Kyl (R) on Nov. 28. The next day he will be in Colorado for an event with Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R) and follow that up on Nov. 30 with a fundraiser for Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R), who is running for that state's open Senate seat.
Bush will be back out on the rubber chicken circuit on Dec. 9 when he travels to Minnesota for an event for Rep. Mark Kennedy (R) -- the party's likely nominee in that state's open-seat Senate contest.
Aside from a fundraiser for Virginia's 2005 gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore, the president has kept a low fundraising profile for the last few months as his administration has been buffeted by criticism over its handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the ongoing Iraq war and the indictment of White House aide Scooter Libby.
Bush's last fundraising swing for downballot candidates came in June when he raised campaign cash for Missouri Sen. Jim Talent (June 2) and Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (June 14). Interestingly, when Bush came to Pennsylvania last week to deliver remarks on the war on terror, Santorum did not attend. Other Republican incumbents -- Reps. J.D. Hayworth (Ariz.) and Anne Northup (Ky.) have expressed trepidation about Bush coming into their districts in the current political climate.
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Phil Singer offered up some tongue-in-cheek advice for Bush, urging him to schedule more events with GOP candidates on the ballot next year. "If the 2005 elections taught anything, it's that George Bush is hazardous to the Republicans' political health," Singer said.
Brian Nick, Singer's counterpart at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, shot back that the fundraisers offered candidates the chance "to stand with the president and talk about a record of accomplishments."
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