Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, will travel to Orange County, Calif., this month to attend Rep. Ed Royce’s annual “Western Bar-B-Q,” the Congressman announced Wednesday.
Royce is running against fellow Republican Rep. Gary Miller in the newly drawn 39th district, which includes portions of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. It is one of three Member-vs.-Member races in the Los Angeles area.
An NRCC spokeswoman said the chairman’s appearance at the fundraiser does not signal he is taking sides in the primary.
“Chairman Sessions does not endorse in Republican Member-Member races,” spokeswoman Emily Davis said. “He attends events for any Member in good standing with the NRCC.”
Royce, an NRCC vice chairman, has more money than Miller, and party insiders have said he is the stronger candidate. The barbecue will be held at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park on Sept. 17.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.