Vice president visits Portland to stump for congressional candidates
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vice President Dick Cheney will visit Portland next week on behalf of two Oregon candidates for Congress, according to invitations sent to local Republicans.
Cheney is expected to speak Monday at a $1,000-a-head fund-raiser at a hotel near the Portland International Airport, The Oregonian reported.
The event will benefit Republican congressional candidates Goli Ameri and Jim Zupancic, the invitations said. The Iranian-born Ameri is running against Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., while Zupancic, a Lake Oswego lawyer, is opposing Rep. Darlene Hooley.
Cheney's visit on Monday will coincide with the beginning of the Democratic national convention in Boston. President Bush will be on vacation during the rival party's event.
Meanwhile, Cheney's wife, Lynne, will make a separate trip to Oregon on Friday to attend a $250-a-person fund-raiser for the Oregon Republican Party, according to invitations for that event. The event will be held at a private home in West Linn.
Officials from the Oregon Republican Party said they were not allowed to talk about any visits by the Cheneys. Typically, the White House does not release information about their travels until two days before an event.