GOP stars to headline party fundraiser
August 26th, 2013
01:21 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP stars to headline party fundraiser

(CNN) - They're a half dozen of the biggest names in the Republican Party, hailing from different wings of the GOP.

And they're all teaming up next month to help the Republican National Committee raise money.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are all co-headlining a fundraiser being hosted by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson (a major Republican donor), a source with knowledge of the September 23 event in New York City confirmed to CNN.

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, are listed as "special guests" at the gathering. Other than Snyder, all of the men are considered possible contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Politico was first to report on the fundraiser.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Marco Rubio • Rand Paul • RNC • Scott Walker
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    a meeting of the mindless. maybe Bland Paul and BBQ King Christie will go at it.

    August 26, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I guess Woody Johnson doesn't care that most of the people he's invited didn't support funding Sandy relief efforts, which affected significant numbers of Jets fans.

    August 26, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Tony D

    Lots and lots of young stars in the Republican Party. Democrats got the old and tired Hillary and Crazy Joe.

    August 26, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Snyder nor any of those other bums are getting my vote. Christie may be from Jersey, doesn't mean I like his policies. Whoever the next President is, I can assure you they won't be a republican. After Bush and the policies the current GOP are pushing, I don't see how the Republican Party can win any more elections without rigging the game(Voter Surpression/Gerrymandering) to their advantage.

    August 26, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "what respect did the democrats and leftists show george bush??? even today, 5 years after he has left office, you stil get the leftists in here calling him and dick cheney every name in the book! please, enough with the faux out rage."

    People pulled together in the face of the tragedy of 9/11 and Bush enjoyed an 80%+ approval rating afterwards, for no discernible reason other than America pulled together. In the face of the economic tragedy Obama was handed, the GOP/Teatrolls have done nothing but try to prolong it and deepen it in order to hang it around his neck. Don't give us your silly sob stories about how Bush and Cheney were treated. People of all stripes rallied around them when the going got tough, but we've seen nothing but the GOP/Teatrolls try to milk the biggest hurdle we've faced under Obama for their own advantage. Moreover, nobody attacked Dubya's birth certificate, his religion, his ethnicity, his birthplace, etc., and nobody set records for over 420 filibusters while he was in office just to hamper and obstruct everything he wanted to do and to prevent any progress or growth under his administration. The GOP/Teatrolls have been in full-blown crazy mode for 5 years and NOTHING from the previous 8 years even comes close to comparable.

    August 26, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Warren

    Better known as the Gang Of Fools.

    August 26, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. kirk

    Snyder is not even considered a contender for governer again, but hey its someone elses money next time.Snyder is a huge turncoat.just like Christie he will lie when told to.Snyder sold us out and he will pay prance all the cops and firefighters you wants, your done.we all know you spared the cops and firemen when trashing the unions with the explicit purpose of having them endorse you in the next election we went from laying off cops to hiring even more warren county has 40 chiefs of police.one of four major counties in detroit.the Detroit cops got the shaft, state boys got enamered

    August 26, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    @tony d, old but 1,000,000% better choices than your tired old right wing racist teatroll laden rising "stars". Bunch of clowns who have no respect for our elected President nor the Nation.
    Even the shrub #43 received respect after 9/11. Your party is done except in the gerrymandering districts (cheating as usual).

    August 26, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Mikey

    Republican stars??? LOL!!!!!!! I like Christie most of the time. Colin Powel is great, but probably never running for anything and far too rational to win a primary. The rest of the 'stars' are basically a bunch of mixed nuts crammed into a clown car. The Tea Party is killing the GOP, which is fine by me. The pre-Reagan moderate GOP was palatable, even attractive. However, the current incarnation should simply be put out of its misery.

    @Tony D – There's a whole new generation waiting in the wings. When you have REAL stars like President Obama and Hillary Clinton, the younger crowd doesn't get much airtime. Plus, there aren't enough scared old white people to win a national election for the GOP. When you're losing 70+% of the black, Latino, Asian, young single women, and a majority of college educated whites under 60, you can't win. And the hateful rhetoric, voter suppression, and obstructionist policies are just making it worse and worse.

    August 26, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Hey CNN, there are No GOP stars, savior or front runners. The GOP is dead and buried. When you see the election results in 2014 you will know what I already know, the teaparty and teahages have killed your brand for decades to come!!!!!

    August 26, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Larry in Houston

    OMG – LOL – is that all they got ? Rand ? Christy ? Walker ? Ryan ? Snyder ? WoW – – – why am I not impressed ? To be perfectly honest – I'm not all that crazy about the current one that holds the highest office in the land...but that's who we've got...I mean, it may end up being like voting for dumb or dumber, or the least of 2 evils, stupid or more stupid, or lesser of them. I hope we don't have another community organizer, or somebody who has never been in Business, or someone who has never had to operate a business before, to vote for. Then again, it was ether "that one" or somebody who wanted to get us into WW3, including a Veep who was a Quitter when they were governor, or one who wanted to shut your workplace down, sell it off for a profit, and send the money to an offshore accnt, in addition to the fact that he doesn't care about the 47% of the people that vote for him. So, now tell me, who have we got now ???

    August 26, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "what respect did the democrats and leftists show george bush??? even today, 5 years after he has left office, you stil get the leftists in here calling him and dick cheney every name in the book! please, enough with the faux out rage."
    -------------------------------------------------
    Well, I was going to comment on this post but Sniffit's response made further words on the subject redundant.

    "They're a half dozen of the biggest names in the Republican Party, hailing from different wings of the GOP. "

    You'd think that Romney's name would be featured amongst these GOP "luminaries". He was after all just a few short months ago their Great White Dope, er, Hope.

    August 26, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. California Gary

    If the list provided in this article is the GOP "A" list, the Dems have nothing to worry about in 2016. By the way – great post Sniffit – that's hitting the nail right on the head!

    August 26, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    These are the Republican stars? I'm from NJ and I don't even like Christie. By the way, now that I know Johnson is a big Republican donor, I will never go to a Jets game again. Go GIANTS!

    August 26, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. kirk

    Here comes the circus, clown car and all

    August 26, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. jinx9to88

    GOP stars? LMAO!!! Geeeesh...

    August 26, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Good, they got the entertainment down, now what about someone with some substance: what there isn't anyone available?

    August 26, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...Maybe you can't "headline" a Party fundraiser and be hit up for money; maybe that's why they didn't ask Romney and Queen "Let me bake you a cake" Ann to be on the roster.
    I'm just guessing here...

    August 26, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. jboh

    TEA/GOP clown show 2 starting at a theatre near you.

    August 26, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Mikey

    @Sniffit's comment bears repeating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    "nobody attacked Dubya's birth certificate, his religion, his ethnicity, his birthplace, etc., and nobody set records for over 420 filibusters while he was in office just to hamper and obstruct everything he wanted to do and to prevent any progress or growth under his administration. The GOP/Teatrolls have been in full-blown crazy mode for 5 years and NOTHING from the previous 8 years even comes close to comparable."

    Got a great tag line for y'all:
    Today's GOP – partisan ideology over patriotism !!!

    August 26, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Politico was first to report on the fundraiser."

    OK. Guess this is why it's news on the ticker then.

    "They're a half dozen of the biggest names in the Republican Party, hailing from different wings of the GOP."

    Biggest? Maybe. Not necessarily the wining...ist (and as a tribute to our friend Canadian Cruz, I will
    add ... eh? ... instead of ... yes?)

    August 26, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. California Gary

    If Christie wants to get into the GOP clown car.........they're gonna need a bigger car.

    August 26, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    Wake up People!
    All one needs to do is look at the lack of respect shown to President Obama since 2008 to know we have a long way to go.
    --–

    are you serious??? lack of respect??? what respect did the democrats and leftists show george bush??? even today, 5 years after he has left office, you stil get the leftists in here calling him and dick cheney every name in the book! please, enough with the faux out rage.
    *************************
    We gave him a blank check following 9/11, and we believed him when he talked about the country coming together: he then allowed Karl Rove and others to hijack a national tragedy for the purposes of creating " a permanant conservative majority" and watched his political team shamelessly demagogue that tragedy and question the loyalty of anyone who disagreed with them. He did nothing to rein in those excesses, which included the Plaime incident. We gave him enormous latitude after 9/11, and he allowed his flunkies to squander it to pursue short-term politcal goals. He was responsible, along with a GOP Congress, for creating the mess its taken us over 4 years to climb out of, and you complain about a lack of respect? We've been restrained by comparison. Did anyone in the GOP distribute CDs entitled " Bush, the Magic White Boy" the way that Chip Saltsman did with " Barak, the Magic Negor"? Did MSNBC offer to sell them, the way Limbaugh did? That's just the tip of the iceberg. Whatever complaint you can dredge up about a purported remark directed at Bush 43 can be negated hundredfold by the torrent of abuse this man has faced. You come on here daily with nothing but venom and bile on display, and you have the arrogant nerve to complain that Bush and Cheney somehow are innocent victims? Please.

    August 26, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Larry L in Houston wrote:

    ... ... I mean, it may end up being like voting for dumb or dumber, or the least of 2 evils, stupid or more stupid, or lesser of them. I hope we don't have another community organizer, or somebody who has never been in Business, or someone who has never had to operate a business before, to vote for. ... ...
    --------------------–
    A businessman? Wow, have you ever been bamboozled. Do you know the track record of US Presidents who have had sgnificant business experience: like being CEO of something bigger than a corner hardware store? Terrible. Horrific. Every last one has seen economic disaster, mainly because they thought their job was to promote business. Most recently we've had both Bushes.

    Another set pro-business Presidents were Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover. Hoover was the businessman who advised Harding and Coolidge on "economic modernization", the exact policies that led to the Crash fo '29, and ensuing budget cutting that led to and extended The Great Depression.

    August 26, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Larry in Houston

    Christy needs to get away from the current people in his party if he's smart. In reality, they don't want to associate with him all that much, because he does have a few things he says, that makes a little sense, (compared to the other gopers) If I was him, I would find another party where I could go to, where people would at least 1/2 way trust me.

    August 26, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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