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GOP dinner speaker prompts back-and-forth

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody has weighed in on the choice of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to speak at Monday evening’s Allen Country Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner.

“Congressman Cantor is a career politician who’s staunchly opposed health care, women’s rights and growing our middle class during his tenure,” Zody said Monday in a statement. “We’ve seen the same from Republicans in Indiana, and we can clearly see this is the direction their party will continue to travel.”

Naturally, Zody’s counterpart at the GOP doesn’t share those views. State Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb said in a statement that Cantor’s “leadership at the federal level has been crucial in serving as a check against the Obama Administration.

“And if our federal government is to achieve more jobs, less debt and lower taxes the way we have in Indiana, it will come from time-tested Republican policies, not from President Obama's tax-and-spend plans,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb is scheduled to speak at the Allen County GOP dinner, which will be at Ceruti’s Summit Park in northwest Fort Wayne.

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, arranged for Cantor’s appearance and is to introduce him. Cantor is scheduled to speak at 7:45 p.m.

Cantor also is scheduled to attend a campaign fundraising reception for Stutzman before the dinner.

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