Even more surprising? He had some of the best fundraisers in the GOP help him this quarter. Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin all made fundraising stops for Bentivolio in the past few months, according to his campaign.
Also in the third quarter, Bentivolio got a primary challenge from a deep-pocketed attorney. Republican David Trott dwarfed Bentivolio by raising $649,000 — including $208,000 of his own money. And there’s more cash to come.
Massachusetts’ 6th District
Rep. John F. Tierney held the dubious distinction of being one of the most vulnerable House Democrats until recently. That’s thanks in part to an investigation into whether Tierney failed to disclose to the IRS $200,000 his wife received.