It started with Jon Voight and Tagg Romney.
Tuesday brought a couple of Olympians.
Today, Speaker of the House John Boehner dropped by the Virginia Republican delegation’s breakfast meeting, praising former Gov. George Allen who is now battling former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine for a U.S. Senate seat, and telling the delegation that the three congressional seats the GOP picked up in Virginia in 2010 were helpful in achieving the majority in the House.
The speaker talked to a particularly tired delegation thanks to buses that didn’t return to the hotel in Clearwater from the convention site in Tampa until, in some cases, after 2 a.m.
Rep. Randy Forbes, R-4th, and Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno also spoke at the breakfast, which was sponsored by Dominion.
Boehner said there are about 40 bills awaiting action by the Senate, including the House of Representative’s proposal to replace the automatic deficit-reducing mechanism known as sequestration.
“If we’re serious about changing what’s going on in Washington, we have to win control of the United States Senate, which means that George Allen needs to win that race against Tim Kaine,” he said.
Boehner called Allen “a rock-solid guy who will do the right thing for Virginia.”
He also spoke of his relationship with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th.
“Eric Cantor and I are partners and I’m telling you what — you’ll see us tonight sitting together listening to Paul Ryan’s speech. He’s been a great partner through this last year and a half and he’ll be a great partner for a long time to come,” he said.
Boehner told the Virginians they should be proud of their congressional delegation, but ribbed Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-9th, saying, “Morgan’s the only one that I’ve got to keep a pretty close eye on.”