Fri October 4, 2013
Congressman Ed Whitfield Bypassing Fundraiser Amid Government Shutdown
Kentucky First District Congressman is skipping a scheduled fundraiser this weekend, joining other lawmakers who are hurrying to cancel campaign events amid the government shutdown.
On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Republican lawmaker indicated to The Lexington Herald-Leader the congressman was attending a pricey event in Arizona despite furloughing staff.
Whitfield's event, planned to raise money for his Thoroughbred Political Action Committee, included suggested contributions of $2,500 per PAC and $1,500 a person. Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus was scheduled to join the Kentucky congressman.
"Congress Whitfield is not attending the fundraiser this weekend," spokesman Chris Pack told WFPL.
Other Kentucky lawmakers, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, announced they were canceling planned fundraisers earlier this week.