— From NBC's Mike Viqueira
It's not totally unheard of for a member of Congress to have to skip his or her own fundraiser, even one with a high-profile guest, because of votes on the floor. Even so, it's notable that Rep. Deborah Pryce says she'll have to miss her own fundraiser with President Bush in New Albany, OH later today because she has to stick around the Hill and vote on the NSA warrantless surveillance bill. She said she has to "stand [Bush] up" or else her Democratic opponent "will make mincemeat out of me if I don't " vote on the NSA bill. Pryce is facing the toughest re-election campaign of her tenure due to the particularly bad climate for Republicans in Ohio, and her event with Bush was already scheduled to be closed to the media.
Her absence may come as a surprise to the White House, at least judging from spokesman Tony Snow's comments to the traveling press earlier today, in which he said the event is expected "to raise $500,000 for the reelection campaign and Ohio Victory 2006, which is a state party get out of the vote effort. Approximately 300 attendees." No mention of Pryce having to skip it.