Leaders Hit the Hustings; Pelosi to Tout Book

Posted July 2, 2008 at 12:47pm

House Democratic and Republican leaders are spending the July Fourth recess campaigning for lawmakers in the Midwest and along the West Coast.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is attending events in Illinois this week. On Wednesday and Thursday, Hoyer will be campaigning for three Democratic challengers in GOP districts — Colleen Callahan in Rep. Ray LaHood’s district, Debbie Halvorson in Rep. Jerry Weller’s district and Jill Morgenthaler in Rep. Peter Roskam’s seat — and for freshman Rep. Bill Foster (D), who won the special election to replace ex-Speaker Dennis Hastert (R).

Meanwhile, Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday attended fundraisers for three Washington Republicans: Reps. Dave Reichert, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Doc Hastings. Later in the week, he will attend an event for Duncan Hunter Jr., who is vying to succeed his dad, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).

In between West Coast events, Boehner will host at least one fundraiser for his personal campaign account.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is spending the week in California but has no public schedule.

In related news, Pelosi is gearing up for the release her new book, “Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters,” at the end of the month.

The move allows her to kick off a promotional tour as she gears up for her high-profile role as permanent chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention in August. Pelosi’s publisher, Doubleday, will promote the 192-page book at the convention.

The book, co-written by author Amy Hill Hearth, chronicles Pelosi’s decades-long journey from housewife and mother of five to California party chairwoman to Speaker.

“I find it humbling and deeply moving when women and girls approach me, looking for insight and advice,” Pelosi says in the preface. “If women can learn from me, in the same way I learned from the women who came before me, it will make the honor of being Speaker of the House even more meaningful.”