A top House GOP leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) stumps and fundraises Wednesday for Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), who is downplaying his party affiliation in his battle with Democrat Brad Schneider for the tenth Congressional District seat.
Dold is getting assistance from Cantor, the Majority Leader--and the National Republican Congressional Committee--as he positions himself -as he did in a television spot running in Chicago this week--as "Independent" and "Bi-Partisan" rather than highlighting that he is a Republican.
The North Shore tenth district is heavily Jewish and Cantor is the top Jewish Republican in Congress. Dold needs Democratic cross-over voters to be re-elected to the tenth, remapped by Illinois Democrats to tilt Democrat.
Cantor is scheduled to drop by Dold's Highland Park headquarters on Wednesday for a get-out-the-vote event conducted in connection with the Republican Jewish Coalition, according to a notice on an RJC website. Cantor is also headlining a $500-per-person fund-raiser at a home in Highland Park on Wednesday.
According to Federal Election Commission records as of Tuesday, the NRCC, the GOP House political shop, so far has pumped $735,500 in the race to bolster Dold. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic House political operation, has spent about $130, 624 to assist Schneider.