House Speaker John Boehner is hunting for cash on America’s last frontier.
The top Republican in Congress is due in Alaska for a fundraiser early next month, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.
Okay just let me provide for you the definition for "desperate." It is flying ALL THE WAY to Alaska looking for money from a Republican party that is essentially in splinters in a place where the third largest political party is dedicated to seceding from the union.
But wait, there's more.
He’ll headline a July 2 event at a private home in Anchorage to collect donations for the Boehner for Speaker joint fundraising committee, which benefits his campaign, PAC, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Ohio Republican Party.
The invitation asks for a suggested contribution of between $500 and $1,000, with donors of $2,500 or more gaining access to a photo reception. The maximum acceptable donation is $52,600.
There are a few boldface names on the host committee, topped by Congressman Don Young, the irascible longtime lawmaker and champion of earmarks who has clashed with Boehner in the past.
Also on the host list are two prominent Alaska Republicans both named Dan Sullivan: one is the mayor of Anchorage, the other is the head of the state Department of Natural Resources and a former state attorney general.
The latter Sullivan is a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2014, and may join a growing GOP primary field for the race against Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. Already in the race are Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, who announced his campaign Tuesday, and tea party activist Joe Miller.
Former Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch and former Alaska GOP Chairman Randy Ruedrich are on the invitation as well.
Hmm, now it seems that there might be prominent political name left off of that invitation. Now who could that be?
Yeah Boehner might be desperate for money, but, unlike Fox News, he's not THAT desperate.
Another prominent name not mentioned on the guest list is Lisa Murkowski, who just came out in support of gay marriage:
With the notion of marriage – an exclusive, emotional, binding ‘til death do you part’ tie – becoming more and more an exception to the rule given a rise in cohabitation and high rates of divorce, why should the federal government be telling adults who love one another that they cannot get married, simply because they happen to be gay? I believe when there are so many forces pulling our society apart, we need more commitment to marriage, not less.
This thinking is consistent with what I hear from more and more Alaskans especially our younger generations. Like the majority of Alaskans, I supported a constitutional amendment in 1998 defining marriage as only between a man and a woman, but my thinking has evolved as America has witnessed a clear cultural shift. Fifteen years after that vote, I find that when one looks closer at the issue, you quickly realize that same sex unions or civil marriages are consistent with the independent mindset of our state – and they deserve a hands-off approach from our federal policies.
You know if Boehner were smart he WOULD beg Murkowski to attend this fundraiser, because the future of politics in Alaska is certainly not with Randy Reuderich and Don Young.
Update: Well this is certainly not going to help Murkowski get invited to any big GOP fundraisers:
"I support the right of all Americans to marry the person they love." —Senator @LisaMurkowski— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 19, 2013