House Speaker John Boehner is doing his best to keep Republican donors from shifting their complete focus to Senate races and the White House.
The worry is that contributors take continued Republican control of the House for granted, Politico
reports. Last week Boehner warned that Democrats have a one-in-three chance of regaining a majority in the House.
In a private meeting of the House GOP conference last week, Boehner said, “November’s election is 195 days away. We will keep the majority as long as we realize it’s on the line and act accordingly,” a source familiar with the comments told Politico.
“The truth is that Democrats believe they can win the majority back. Democrats and liberals across the country are doing everything they can to bring Nancy Pelosi back as speaker. I’m doing everything in my power to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Many Republicans say Boehner is doing the right thing. “I believe House Republicans will retain the majority, but it’s very important that our party’s supporters pay attention to the House,” former New York Rep. Bill Paxon told Politico.
He was once chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee and is one of the party’s pre-eminent fundraisers. “It’s always been a tradition that major donors and activists in a presidential election year focus on the White House,” Paxon said.
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