Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles Sunday for tax reform and space council events and fundraisers for seven California House members.
Pence and his wife Karen are scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport on Air Force Two at 5:10 p.m. Sunday after attending an NFL game in Indianapolis earlier in the day, according to his office.
Pence will participate in what his office would only describe as a “political reception” at an “LA location” beginning at 6:30 p.m., which will be closed to reporters, like many political fundraisers for both parties.
Monday’s fundraiser will be held at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, according to one of the organizers, Republican National Committee member Shawn Steel. It was scheduled for last month, but had to be delayed as Pence went to Florida following Hurricane Irma.
The luncheon is meant to raise money for California Victory 2018, a joint fundraising committee for seven Republicans House members from California targeted by Democrats in the 2018 midterm election — Reps. Darrel Issa of Vista, Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach, Mimi Walters of Irvine, Ed Royce of Brea, Steve Knight of Palmdale, David Valadao of Hanford and Jeff Denham of Turlock.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton carried the seven districts in last year’s presidential election for the Democratic Party.
Steel said he was excited about the fundraiser and noted how Pence, when he was in Congress, drove a mile in the rain as a favor to Rohrabacher to attend a fundraiser for Steel’s wife, Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel who was then running for a seat on the Board of Equalization.
“I never forgot that,” Steel said.
Costa Mesa City Councilman Jim Righeimer is planning to attend the fundraiser.
“I met (Pence) back when he was a congressman, actually,” Righeimer said. “He’s very personable, very down to earth — someone you’d expect out of a Midwestern state.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, will also headline the event.
“I’ve known Kevin since we were both young Republicans when his hair wasn’t gray yet and I didn’t have a bald spot,” Righeimer said.
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