House Speaker John A. Boehner, a familiar figure on the Western New York congressional fundraiser circuit, will visit the area again this summer in support of Rep. Chris Collins’ 2014 re-election effort.
Anthony H. Gioia, the former ambassador to Malta and a top Republican fundraiser, said Boehner will highlight an Aug. 7 affair in Hamburg for Collins in a sign of the party leadership’s enthusiasm for the freshman representative.
“This is really an honor for Chris Collins and shows how well he has been received by Boehner and the hierarchy,” said Gioia, who is coordinating the event with businessmen Paul Harder and William Gacioch.
Boehner has previously stumped the area for former Rep. Chris Lee and Assemblywoman Jane L. Corwin when she unsuccessfully ran for Congress in a 2011 special election. He also was active in several congressional elections in 2012 throughout New York State, including an appearance for Collins in his close victory over then-Democratic incumbent Kathleen C. Hochul.
The August event will range in donation price from $1,000 to $5,000, and will also benefit the National Republican Congressional Committee – the panel charged with electing more Republicans to the House.
Gioia said two events are slated at the Harder and Gacioch homes.