Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is coming to Philadelphia to raise money for some prospective Democratic candidates, including two from Pennsylvania: Michael Parrish and Kevin Strouse.
The House Minority Leader will be attending a reception with Parrish, Strouse and New Jersey candidate Aimee Belgard. The event, which will be held at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, is scheduled for February 6th from 6:30 to 8 pm.
Four levels of contributions will be accepted for admittance: “Guest” at $250, “Sponsor” at $500, “Patron” at $1,000, and finally “Host” at $2,600.
For Parrish, the support from Pelosi is a strong sign that he is shoring up support in a race that was upended by Gerlach’s surprise retirement. For Strouse, it is further evidence of his support among D.C. party leaders.
Strouse, who is running in Pennsylvania’s 8th District, has made no secret of the support he has received from the Congresswoman. Last spring she contributed money to his campaign and she sent out a fundraising pitch for him last fall.
Rep. Pelosi has become a controversial figure among some voters. There is perhaps no one, not even President Obama, who is more beloved by Democrats and despised by Republicans than Nancy Pelosi. Yet all recognize that one of her most impressive traits is her ability to raise vasts amounts of money.
“Mike doesn’t have a crystal ball and can’t see into the future. But if such a hypothetical decision came before him – he would vote his district and vote the way his constituents told him to vote – just like he would on everything that came before him as a member of Congress,” Parrish’s campaign manager Jocelyn Steinberg said. “Right now Mike is focused on talking to voters throughout the district and listening to their ideas, concerns, suggestions on how to create jobs and boosts PA’s economy.”
Republicans, however, made it clear that they feel that identification with the House Democratic leader will hurt the candidacies of Strouse and Parrish.
“Kevin Strouse has spent his limited time in Bucks County trying to hide what everyone already knows – he was sent by Nancy Pelosi from Washington D.C. to Bucks County solely to run against Congressman Fitzpatrick,” said Ian Prior, spokesman of the NRCC. “The fact that she is hosting a fundraiser for Strouse should remove any last doubt that he would be nothing more than a rubber stamp for the Pelosi agenda in Congress.”
Prior also had similar harsh words for Parrish.
“Apparently Michael Parrish’s political soul is for sale. Just a year after claiming to be a conservative and donating thousands to Republican candidates like Mitt Romney, John McCain and Tom Corbett, Parrish is now gladly selling out to Nancy Pelosi and her liberal, job killing agenda.”