NASHVILLE - U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., will hold his first major fundraiser next week in Washington with the help of powerful colleagues who are pitching in to help the Jasper physician.
A copy of the invitation for the March 19 fundraiser shows three House committee chairmen hosting the event. Tickets are $500 per person and $1,000 for political action committees.
Hosts are: Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who is chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight; Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House's Committee on Education and the Workforce; and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla.
"Special guests" include three Republican Study Committee chairmen: Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., a physician, as well as Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
DesJarlais faces a 2014 GOP challenge from state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, and a likely challenge from state Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lacassas.