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February 23rd, 2010

Republican Whip Eric Cantor Signs on to Help Gibbons

Gibbons2Third District Congressional candidate Jim Gibbons released the details of a D.C. fundraiser this morning. On Wednesday, Gibbons will be in Washington to for a meet and greet fundraiser for his campaign.

These sorts of events are typical for Congressional candidates. The Iowa Republican delegation is usually willing to lend their names and stop by the event. What is interesting about Gibbons’ meet and greet is that some other prominent Republican leaders have also signed on in support of the event.

Representatives Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, Peter Roskam, Jim Jordan, Dean Heller, and Jason Chaffetz are also listed on the invite. That means beyond the standard support of the Iowa delegation key members of Congress are lining up behind Gibbons. Having this group of core conservative house members willing to line up behind Gibbons during a primary is an impressive feat for his campaign.

Cantor is the Republican Whip in the House, and McCarthy and Jordan are involved in recruiting candidates with the National Republican Congressional Committee. One of Gibbons’ primary opponents, State Senator Brad Zaun, has mentioned that he was recruited to run by Congressman McCarthy. It now appears that he is backing Gibbons run.

Below is the Gibbons press release.

Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican Whip Eric Cantor, and Members of Congress to Serve as Hosts for Jim Gibbons Fundraiser


Des Moines, IA—Jim Gibbons, Republican candidate for Congress in Iowa’s Third Congressional District, announced on Tuesday that he will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for a fundraiser on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. The event will take place at the Capitol Hill Club from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This event will be hosted by Senator Chuck Grassley, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, and Congressmen Jason Chaffetz, Dean Heller, Jim Jordan, Steve King, Tom Latham, Kevin McCarthy, and Peter Roskam.

Jim Gibbons commented on the fundraiser when he said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to have this event with our Senator, Republican Whip Eric Cantor, and so many Members of Congress. To be successful in this race against Leonard Boswell, I will need to follow the example of men like these who know what it is like to win tough elections. This will be a great opportunity for me to stand next to these men who share my goal of winning in November.”

In the last reporting fundraising quarter, Leonard Boswell raised $169,000 to Gibbons $207,000. However, of that $169,000 that Boswell raised, 79% came from special interest, lobbyist, or Democrat PAC funds. Gibbons, on the other hand had more than 90% of his contributions come directly from individuals.

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