By DAVID SKOLNICK
Fox News analyst Dick Morris will appear at a Saturday fundraiser for three Republicans — including Bill Johnson of Poland — who are challenging incumbent Democrats for U.S. House seats.
Morris, a Republican political strategist, is a former presidential adviser to Democrat Bill Clinton. Morris is also as an author and Fox News television analyst.
The event at the Spread Eagle Tavern was initiated by Morris, who identified the three races as “bellwether” campaigns, said Dave Johnson, owner of the tavern and chairman of the Columbiana County Republican Party.
The three Republicans whose campaigns will benefit from the Morris fundraiser are:
Bill Johnson, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson of St. Clairsville in the 6th Congressional District race. That 12-county district includes all of Columbiana County and a portion of Mahoning.
Bob Gibbs, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Zack Space in the 18th District, west of the 6th District.
Tom Ganley, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton in the 13th District, which goes from Lorain to portions of Akron.
“It’s great to have a person of Dick Morris’ caliber come here to campaign,” Dave Johnson said.
The event is being sponsored by Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine and the county GOP chairmen of Mahoning, Columbiana, Summit, Cuyahoga and Wayne.
The money will be given to the three Republicans based on the contributors’ congressional districts, Dave Johnson said.
The event at the Spread Eagle Tavern starts at 5 p.m. Saturday with a private reception and roundtable discussion with Morris, costing $2,400 a person. The cost also includes a photo with Morris and an autographed copy of his latest book, “2010: Take Back America.”
It costs $500 a person for a private reception, photo and book signing at 5:45 p.m.
Morris is to speak at a 6 p.m. event outside the tavern on Plymouth Street that is free and open to the public. There will be a general reception to follow with a cost of $100 per person or $150 a couple.