Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is hosting a "cocktail reception" for members of the Republican National Committee as they arrive in the Washington area Wednesday for their annual Winter Meeting.
According to a copy of the invitation obtained by CNN, the reception is sponsored by Boehner's political action committee and is slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET at the Maryland resort complex where RNC members are huddling ahead of Friday's chairmanship election.
Though Boehner is quietly backing former Bush administration official Maria Cino in the RNC race and has made phone calls to some committee members on her behalf, Wednesday's reception is not billed as a rally for Cino but rather a chance for the Speaker to toast RNC delegates in his new capacity as House leader.
The Boehner reception was first reported by Politico.
Cino is one of four candidates hoping to unseat Chairman Michael Steele on Friday. The others are Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, Michigan National Committeeman Saul Anuzis and former Missouri GOP Chairwoman Ann Wagner.
UPDATE: CNN's Dana Bash reports that Boehner will not be at the reception during President Obama's address in Tucson.
"Speaker Boehner will attend an organizational meeting with RNC members this evening, but will leave before the president’s speech begins," said Cory Fritz, a spokesman for Boehner's political team.
Let the tears begin! Hey, where are all those jobs from those tax cuts? I changed parties 9 yrs. ago because of ego maniacs like this guy. They are big talkers and schmoozers, but have nothing to offer the middle class at all; just empty promises. Shame on us for voting these thieves back into power and for falling for their empty rhetoric & lies. We don't seem to be a country that learns our lessons very quickly; very sad indeed.
...as Nero fiddles away...
This is a good example of the stupid leading the blind!
Enjoy and celebrate, Speaker Boehner. November elections were a long time coming but they put us where we need to be right now. Look ahead with optimism.
And this mr boehner is going to produce jobs,how about telling everyone how you are going to create jobs.
This is what they voted for. The Republicans wanted this power so that they can do their thing of schmoozing and collecting more money. For get the American people. I bet that McCain will show up for this.
Boehner and "crew" are receiving their "orders" from BIG BROTHER. Now they must put aside individual ideas or opinions and do as they are instructed--- or else.
Cocktail Reception seems a bit inappropriate at this time.
Some things never changes, EAT, DRINK and be MERRY!