Lawmaker Defends Ritzy Gala for GOP Freshmen

The freshman GOP congressman behind Tuesday night's splashy fundraiser had no misgivings about throwing the event so soon after campaigning under the Tea Party banner to change Washington. "We feel as a freshman class ... that we're going to need to be self reliant," California Rep. Jeff Denham said in a press conference held as guests began arriving at a posh downtown DC hotel Tuesday evening. "This is our first attempt to do that." Denham is among a dozen freshmen, Republican lawmakers who...Full Story
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