Wednesday, June 23, 2004

VP Cheney to speak for Davis



By Patrick Crowley
Enquirer Staff Writer

ERLANGER - Vice President Dick Cheney is going to help Northern Kentucky Congressional candidate Geoff Davis raise some campaign cash.

Cheney is scheduled to appear at a political fund-raiser for Davis early Mondayafternoon at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott in Hebron, according to an invitation to the event that was sent to potential contributors.

For $2,000, contributors can attend a "VIP reception" where they can have their photograph taken with the vice president and then attend a luncheon where Cheney will be the featured speaker.

Tickets to the luncheon only are $250.

The White House Press Office could not be reached to comment, and the Davis campaign would not confirm Cheney's visit or comment on the event.

Davis, a self-employed business consultant from Hebron, is running against Democrat Nick Clooney in November's 4th District.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat, is not seeking re-election.

Cheney frequently attends fund-raisers for GOP candidates. In March, he helped Sen. Jim Bunning, a Southgate Republican, raise $250,000 at a fund-raiser in Florence that about 350 people attended.

Covington City Commissioner Craig Bohman, a Republican, said Cheney's visit is a good sign for Davis and an indication that Republicans on a national level - including President George Bush - want to win the 4th District seat.

"The fact that Vice President Cheney will come here to support Geoff Davis shows a high level of commitment to Geoff's run for Congress from the (Bush) administration," Bohman said Tuesday night. "He should be a good draw."

Clooney's campaign was contacted Tuesday night but had no comment on Cheney's visit.

E-mail pcrowley@enquirer.com




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