Dems and Republicans Set Election Evening Plans

By John R Parkinson

Oct 26, 2010 11:51am

ABC News John R. Parkinson reports:

Republicans and Democrats both hope to have reason to celebrate as they gather in Washington, DC with their respective staff, volunteers and supporters next Tuesday to await the results of the congressional midterm elections.

According to a copy of an invitation obtained by ABC News, House Minority Leader John Boehner, who stands in line to become House Speaker if Republicans win control Nov. 2, is expected to attend a gathering at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington, DC on Election night. Boehner will begin his day in his Ohio district before jetting down to Washington to join GOP staff and volunteers.

Epiphany Productions, Inc., a “premier, full-service event management and fundraising firm that works with nonprofit, corporate and political clients,” according to its website, is organizing the event for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Republicans are careful not to dub it a “party.” The invitation calls for a dress code of “campaign casual.”

“This event is not a fundraiser and it is not a ‘party’ – even if voters remove Democrats from power, you don't celebrate at a time when one in 10 Americans are out of work and our children's future is threatened by mountains of debt,” Ken Spain, NRCC Communications Director, said.

Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Mississippi and other Republican leaders are also expected to attend the event. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Minority Whip Eric Cantor, who is expected to ascend to majority leader if Republicans are able to gain 40 seats in the election next Tuesday, will begin Election Day in Richmond before traveling late in the evening to Washington. Cantor, however, is not expected to attend the event at the Grand Hyatt.

“You will not see giddy aides and members [of Congress] dancing on the stage like the Democrats did in 2006.  America is facing tough times with people out of work and a sputtering economy,” John Murray, Director of Communications for Office of the Republican Whip, said. “We understand that it's roll-up-the-sleeves time, not dance party USA.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen are expected to attend a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee election night party dubbed the “Speaker’s Cabinet Election Watch Reception” at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill, according to a Democratic aide.

Doors for DCCC reception will open at 8 p.m. for a general reception, which will be proceeded by a VIP reception at 7:30 p.m.

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