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John Boehner: Voters Need Not Love Mitt Romney

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The fundraiser to benefit the Boehner for Speaker campaign committee was originally scheduled to be held in St. Clairsville, Ohio, but was moved to an arena in nearby West Virginia because of power outages from derecho storms the previous weekend.

Robert Murray, CEO of the Murray Energy Corp., hosted the event.

Boehner also hosted a June 29 fundraiser at Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s home in Charleston, W.Va., according to the Charleston Gazette.

Also over the recess break, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was scheduled to be a special guest at a fundraiser for Romney Sunday in the Hamptons, N.Y.

An invitation for the lunch event published by the Sunlight Foundation requested $25,000 per person for a VIP photo reception and $5,000 to gain entry to just the lunch.

House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) was in Russia on a Congressional delegation trip.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office said the California Democrat was with her family and declined to provide any details about her schedule.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer attended a Tuesday party to celebrate the holiday at the Herrington Harbour South Marina in Anne Arundel County, Md., and came to Washington, D.C., for the Fourth of July.

The Maryland Democrat traveled to Rhode Island on Friday, where he was scheduled to attend events with Democratic Reps. James Langevin and David Cicilline.

Boehner also released a video message for the Fourth of July, filmed in the Capitol Rotunda with patriotic music in the background.

“From our earliest days, Americans have marked the Fourth of July as the ‘great anniversary celebration,’ as John Adams predicted it would be. We raise Old Glory, march down Main Street, and light up the skies — our pride front and center, like [John] Hancock’s signature itself,” Boehner said.

In actuality, Adams believed July 2, the day the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution of independence from Great Britain, would be the anniversary celebration marked by generations.

In a letter to his wife, Abigail, the future president wrote: “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.”

July 4 is the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.

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