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Boehner in Boise, predicts ‘whale of a fight’ over debt limit in the fall

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner raised more than $95,000 for 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson in Boise yesterday, reports Dan Popkey of the Idaho Statesman, speaking at a $50 a plate luncheon at the Boise Centre that drew 430 and a roundtable for 36 high-dollar contributors.  The speaker, a close ally and friend of Simpson, was on the 22nd day of a 35-day cross-country bus tour supporting GOP House members seeking re-election. Simpson faces a challenge from Idaho Falls attorney Bryan Smith as he seeks a ninth term. Boehner said, “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that he is re-elected.”

In his address to the luncheon crowd, Boehner predicted “a whale of a fight” over the debt limit in the fall, Popkey reported. “I’ve made it clear that we’re not going to increase the debt limit without cuts and reforms that are greater than the increase in the debt limit,” he said. “The president doesn’t think this is fair, thinks I’m being difficult to deal with. But I’ll say this: It may be unfair but what I’m trying to do here is to leverage the political process to produce more change than what it would produce if left to its own devices. We’re going to have a whale of a fight.”

Popkey reports that 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador, who has said he’s remaining neutral in the primary race, attended the luncheon; read Popkey’s full report here.

Labrador: No snub from Boehner

1st District Rep. Raul Labrador says it’s not true that he’s being snubbed by Speaker John Boehner on a fundraising trip to North Idaho, an event scheduled for Friday in Coeur d’Alene; the Coeur d’Alene Press ran an article today suggesting Labrador may not have been invited, though the event is in his district. “I was invited four weeks ago,” Labrador said. “They keep inviting me, they keep wanting me to go, but just, for me it was a bad weekend.” He said he did make a plane reservation in case he was able to make it to the event, which Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is holding for Boehner to raise funds for GOP candidates; the fundraiser originally had been planned for Pullman, Wash. but was moved to Coeur d’Alene.

Both Labrador and McMorris’ office said the speaker has asked their offices not to comment on the speaker’s travels; that’s what led to the misunderstanding about Labrador’s role, when his office declined to provide any information to the Press. Said Labrador, “Absolutely, yes, I was invited. I’m not sure if I’m going to able to make it, but I’m excited that the speaker’s coming to my district.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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