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Thu., Oct. 11, 2012, 3:46 p.m.

Eric Cantor to help Labrador raise funds in Idaho; Barney Frank pitches for funds for Farris

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will come to Idaho the week after next to hold a fundraiser for GOP Rep. Raul Labrador. Labrador said, "I am thrilled that Congressman Eric Cantor is coming to Idaho. He is a thoughtful and effective leader who understands the challenges Idaho families face everyday. I look forward to helping him become better acquainted with our great state." The Oct. 24 event will feature a roundtable discussion with Cantor and Labrador, followed by a reception; PACs pay $2,500 for the discussion, individuals are $1,000 a head; and it's $250 to attend the reception and get a photo; there's more info here.

Meanwhile, longtime Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank sent out a fundraising email this week for Labrador's Democratic challenger, Jimmy Farris, writing, "The Tea Party extremists have essentially taken over the Republican Party, and the right wing majority on the Supreme Court has guaranteed that these extremists will have virtually unlimited fat cat money being spent on their behalf. Since their substantive record is indefensible, they have gone on the attack, and Democratic candidates face a barrage of twisted, demagogic attacks." Urging donations to Farris, Frank's email said, "We have to fight back against the Tea Partiers and their wealthy backers, which is why I volunteered to help Jimmy, who is one of their targets, because of his commitment to the values we believe in, and that they have never been so seriously challenged as they are this year."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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