GOP House leader Boehner to raise money for Andy Barr, Todd Lally

07/26/2010 04:51 PM

U.S. House Republican Leader John Boehner is making Kentucky a regular stop this election cycle and has scheduled fund-raisers this summer for both of  Kentucky state’s Republican congressional challengers.

Todd Lally, who is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth in Louisville’s 3rd District, and Andy Barr, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler in Central Kentucky’s 6th District, will feature Boehner as the headliner for separate fund-raisers, which the campaigns confirmed to cn|2 Politics.

“Leader Boehner will be in the district during the August recess to attend an event for Andy’s campaign,” Barr’s campaign manager John Connell said in an e-mail.  “The leader’s visit is just another sign that Andy is gaining momentum.”

Lally told cn|2 Politics that his fund-raiser with Boehner was “just for me” but declined to offer any details about the time and place. Lally said he had an agreement the Republican leader’s office not to release that information to the public. He did say that over 3,000 invitations were already mailed out.

Both Lally and Barr out-raised their incumbent opponents in the last fund-raising quarter and both are getting varying levels of support from the National Republican Congressional Committee. The NRCC has dubbed Barr one of its “Young guns” — the top tier of challengers against Democratic incumbents as the GOP seeks to take control of the U.S. House this November. The NRCC rated Lally as a candidate “On the radar,” which is two notches below “Young guns” on its scale.

The events for Barr and Lally will be return trips to Kentucky for Boehner. He was the headliner for a National Republican Congressional Committee fund-raiser in Bowling Green over the weekend.

Boehner is one of two high-profile Congressional Republicans set to appear in Kentucky this summer, as Republican House Whip Eric Cantor will speak at the Graves County Republican Party breakfast at Fancy Farm in August.

- Kenny Colston

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