Incoming Tea Party GOP Freshman Holding $2500 Per Person “Swearing In Party”

Matt Lewis reports on what can only be described as some really bad optics on the part of some incoming Republican Freshman:

If incoming GOP freshmen were hoping to bring fiscal responsibility and “family values” to Washington, they may have gotten off to an interesting start with a big party in the works.

Country singer LeAnn Rimes, it seems, is scheduled to perform at what has been billed as a “swearing-in event” for newly elected Republicans at the swanky W hotel in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 4.

According to e-mails and invitations I have obtained, tickets are $2,500 a pop (for $50,000 you can become a “Platinum Sponsor” — but that includes eight tickets, a “VIP lunch” and a “VIP suite” at the W hotel).


The event is sponsored by America’s New Majority, described on the invitation as: a joint fund-raising committee authorized by and composed of Denham for Congress, Southerland for Congress, Dold for Congress, Stutzman for Congress, Yoder for Congress, Landry for Louisiana, Renee Ellmers for Congress Committee, Jon Runyan for Congress, Inc., Tom Reed for Congress, Marino for Congress, Friends of Scott DesJarlais, David Rivera for Congress and JEFF PAC.

And here’s the list of the Freshman Republicans who will be at the party:

Jeff Denham, R-Calif.
Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn. (Tea Party)
Robert Dold, R-Ill. (Tea Party)
Renee Ellmers, R-N.C. (Tea Party)
Jeff Landry, R-La. (Tea Party)
Tom Marino, R-Pa.
Tom Reed, R-N.Y.
David Rivera, R-Fla.
Jon Runyan, R-N.J.
Steve Southerland, R-Fla. (Tea Party)
Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind. (Tea Party)
Kevin Yoder. R-Kan.

It’s business as usual folks, business  as usual

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. tom p says:

    move along, move along, nothing to see here nothing at all….

  2. An Interested Party says:

    “No question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

  3. Herb says:

    “It’s business as usual folks, business as usual”

    No one could have predicted…..

    For almost the entire calendar year of 2010, I’ve been telling the Tea Party types that once elected the Tea Party candidates will look, sound, and act like regular old Republicans. They kept telling me, NO, really, it’s different this time. .


  4. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    One thing changed. The speaker no longer flys military. You make it sound like you are paying to go to that party Doug. Do you have a price and list of attendance from 08? Not that you are bias or anything. Why don’t you find a law case to work? Must be your rep proceeds you.

  5. anjin-san says:

    meet the new boss, the same as the old boss…