House leader to fund-raise for Pombo

House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, is the star attraction at a Friday fundraiser for Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, at a private home in Stockton.

The price of admission, dinner and photo opportunity is $150 a person. For tickets, contact Pombo’s campaign office at 209-956-3976 or visit www.richardpombo.com.

But it won’t cost anything to attend the protest scheduled for the street in front of the hosts’ home on Roberts Road in Stockton.

One of the losers in the Democratic primary, Steve Thomas of Danville, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund and Moveon.org will hold a rally to draw attention to their unhappiness with Pombo’s conservative politics and what they consider the incumbent’s ethics problems. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Click here for specific address and additional details.

Boehner’s appearance prompts the bigger question: Will President George Bush come to California to campaign for Pombo?

To Bush or not to Bush: It’s a dilemma for California Republicans. The president is unpopular with a majority of the state’s residents but a huge fundraising draw among conservative contributors.

Pombo campaign manager Carl Fogliani says he can’t say whether or not Bush will show in Congressional District 11.

“We’re running the campaign based on circumstances under our control,” Fogliani says.

Few political experts consider Pombo seriously vulnerable in his race against Democrat Jerry McNerney, so the incumbent doesn’t necessarily need massive amounts of cash in his campaign. But as chairman of the House Resources Committee, Pombo is also expected to raise money for the party and other GOP candidates.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen