Sessions to headline fundraiser for McKinley in W.Va.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, is set to headline a fundraiser for congressional candidate David McKinley (R) in West Virginia. 

Sessions and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) will be the major GOP draws at the event set for the first week in September at The Greenbrier Resort. An e-mail to supporters from the McKinley camp puts the price tag at $250 per couple. 

A day before Sessions and Capito come to town, McKinley will get a fundraising visit from Fox News commentator Dick Morris. He will headline a rally in downtown Parkersburg, W.Va., on Sept. 1, followed by two fundraising receptions. 

The party senses a major pick-up opportunity in the state's 1st Congressional District after 14-term Rep. Alan Mollohan (D) was defeated in the state's May primary. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) headlined a fundraiser for McKinley in July. 

McKinley faces state Sen. Mike Oliverio (D) in November's general election, and like many House Republican candidates this cycle might as well be running against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). 

McKinley has focused his message almost entirely on the Democratic leadership in Congress, telling the New York Times this week that, "Our fight is not with Mike Oliverio. Our fight is a fight for this country and whether Nancy Pelosi or John Boehner is going to be speaker."

The two candidates are relatively tight on the fundraising front, but McKinley could certainly use the help. 

McKinley reported raising some $200,000 in the second quarter and reported $307,000 cash in hand. Oliverio raised more than double that in Q2, pulling in $592,000, but reported just $303,000 cash on hand. 

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