GOP freshmen threw a Grand Old Party to start the year right
Watch out, America. The freshman Republicans and Tea Partiers have gone all “Washington,” and it’s only their first week in DC!
Last night, Republican freshman lawmakers – including many who ran on the Tea Party platform of anti-Washington, fiscal conservatism, and family values – reportedly partied in style at a swanky fundraiser held at the posh W Hotel in DC. According to conservative columnist Matt Lewis, lobbyists, wealthy donors and political action committees were invited to shell out $2,500 apiece (or $50,000 for a VIP suite as a Platinum Sponsor) to welcome the freshman GOP class of 2011 and enjoy the musical performances of country singer LeAnn Rimes. The fundraiser was organized by America’s New Majority, a political action committee founded by newly-elected Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-19).
Doesn’t it seem wrong/hypocritical/phony/two-faced for the GOP to set an agenda of fiscal “austerity” and a return to “family values” then turn around and hold a pricey fundraiser with lobbyists with the musical performance headlined by a woman who cheated on her husband and broke up the marriage of her lover?
It didn’t take long for the freshman Republicans to practice what they had campaigned against just a few months ago.
- Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-19) – Denham for Congress
- Rep. Steve Southerland (FL-02) – Southerland for Congress (Tea Party)
- Rep. Robert Dold (IL-10) – Dold for Congress (Tea Party)
- Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN-03) – Stutzman for Congress (Tea Party)
- Rep. Daivd Yoder (KS-03) – Yoder for Congress
- Rep. Jeff Landry (LA-03) – Landry for Louisiana (Tea Party)
- Rep. Renee Ellmers (NC-02) – Renee Ellmers for Congress Committee (Tea Party)
- Rep. John Runyan (NJ-03) – John Runyan for Congress, Inc.
- Rep. Tom Reed (NY-29) – Tom Reed for Congress
- Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) – Marino for Congress
- Rep. Scott DerJarlais (TN-04) – Friends of Scott DerJarlais (Tea Party)
- Rep. David Rivera (FL-25) – David Rivera for Congress
- Copy of the invitation obtained by Sunlight Foundation’s PoliticalPartyTime.org website
- PoliticalPartyTime.org: LeAnn Rimes to welcome band of GOP freshmen
- TheHill.com: Rep.-elect Jeff Denham defends controversial fundraise for GOP freshmen
- ABCNews.com: Elected as cost cutters, GOP freshmen will party with fatcats tonight
- Politico.com: House freshman throws a party – and GOP cringes
- PoliticsDaily.com: LeAnn Rimes headlines pricey ‘Swearing-In’ Event for GOP freshmen