Rep. Charlie Denison said he will rake in nearly $16,000 at a fundraiser for his re-election campaign Thursday evening -- an event that originally caused a political controversy inside the Republican party because of its listed sponsors.
The fundraiser will be held at Highland Springs Country Club from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Denison said Governor Blunt recently told him he would not be able to make it because of a scheduling conflict. But Denison said First Lady Melanie Blunt will be there representing the Governor.
Denison said he also expects several G.O.P. lawmakers to attend, including Senator Norma Champion and Nixa Rep. Jay Wasson.
But an adviser for Denison's primary opponent said the fundraiser fallout is causing several legislators to distance themselves from the event.
"I talked to Senator Champion and she is livid she was put down as a host and very upset she got sucked into this," Tim Trower, an adviser for David Dunn said. "Governor Blunt isn't coming. Representative Jay Wasson didn't want to be listed as a host."
Denison responded by saying that's nonsense. "I think this issue about the fundraiser is Tim Trower's way to try to make an issue. If that's the only issue Trower has got, he's got no issue."