In Pa., Marino Gets a Lift From Boehner

Posted August 13, 2010 at 10:33am

BEAVER SPRINGS, Pa. — After reporting just over $11,000 in his campaign account at the end of June, Republican Tom Marino said Thursday that he will have $100,000 on hand by the end of the week in his quest to unseat Democratic Rep. Christopher Carney in Pennsylvania’s 10th district.

That’s largely thanks to John Boehner.

While it was known that the House Minority Leader from neighboring Ohio has been touring competitive Pennsylvania districts in recent days, Marino confirmed that Boehner will also be hosting a $500-a-head brunch at a private residence in the 10th district on Saturday. There are already 50 confirmed guests.

“We need that exposure,” said Marino, a former U.S. attorney, adding that fundraising is his least favorite part of running for Congress. “We need the help.”

“I’d rather take a butt kicking than go out and ask people for money,” Marino said. “This a rural district. People don’t have money. They’re losing their jobs.”

While Carney reported almost $800,000 in the bank at the end of June, the 10th district is in the heart of Pennsylvania’s least expensive media market. The Marino campaign estimates it will need $500,000 to run an effective media campaign.

A spokesman for Boehner declined to detail the Congressman’s fundraising schedule. But a spokesman for endangered GOP incumbent Charlie Dent in the nearby 15th district confirmed that Boehner will host a separate fundraiser — also at a private residence — Friday at 6 p.m.

And Boehner reportedly attended a breakfast fundraiser Friday morning in the 7th district for GOP hopeful Pat Meehan.

None of the events are open to the media.

These rural districts are key to the GOP’s plan to win the House — a possibility that could propel Boehner from Minority Leader to Speaker.