U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will be headlining a fundraiser next week in Montana for U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont.
Daines’ office confirmed that Boehner will be at the Daines fundraiser held at a Bigfork home next Tuesday.
Daines, whose 51st birthday is the day of the fund-aiser, is a freshman who holds Montana’s only U.S. House seat. He was elected last November.
While he’s up for re-election to his House seat next year, Daines is considering whether to run in 2014 for Montana’s open U.S. Senate seat. As of June 30, he had raised nearly $600,000 for whatever race he chooses next year.
The Senate seat is held now by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who announced in April that he will retire next year at the end of his sixth term in the Senate. Republicans regard the Montana race as a key opportunity to win a seat in their bid to take party control of the U.S. Senate in 2014.
Two Montana Republicans already are running for the Baucus seat: Former state Sen. Corey Stapleton of Billings and state Rep. Champ Edmunds of Missoula.
The only Democrat to declare himself in the Senate race is Wilsall rancher and political unknown Dirk Adams.
Boehner is visiting Montana and the Daines fundraiser as part of his usual travels during Congress’ August recess, when he visits many other districts around the country, a spokesman for Daines said Thursday.
Daines returns Sunday from a weeklong trip to Israel and the Middle East, as part of a congressional delegation whose trip was funded by a charity affiliated with a pro-Israel lobby group.