A high-profile legislator will join the stump for U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County, during a Harrisburg fundraiser next month.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, will attend an Aug. 5 luncheon at Metro Bank on City Island to benefit Patriots for Perry, the freshman representative's campaign fund, according to the York County Republican Committee.
About six months into the job, Perry has a notable advantage as the seat's Republican incumbent and isn't facing an election until next year. But campaign manager Tony Gray said the money, with seats costing between $500 and $5,000, will contribute to Perry's 2014 primary fight.
"You never take anything for granted," Gray said. "And you've got to assume someone's going to run against him."
Informal: Gray said about 100 guests are expected, with the luncheon taking an informal tone as a casual meet-and-greet with the House speaker. While Boehner is a baseball fan, there won't be a game at the time of the visit.
Gray said the visit is an indication that House leadership "sees Scott is a solid guy, an up-and-coming guy, and a future leader of the party."
"I think they have identi-
fied this guy and said in Scott they have somebody who's mature, has the dedication and the intelligence and all the things you look for in future leaders of the House."
Conservative: He said the two congressmen are philosophically similar, though Perry is "a pretty conservative guy, and some people say Speaker Boehner is not as conservative of a guy."
A Boehner campaign spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.
Boehner's apparently not the only high-profile friend Perry has found in the Capitol.
The Yorker has said he occasionally works out with Paul Ryan, R-WI, who was the Republican nominee for vice president in 2012.
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