Robert Novak

The event will be held April 28 at the McLean, Va., home of Jim Kimsey, the founder of AOL Inc., who is a major Republican fund-raiser. Washington lobbyists received a letter from Kimsey asking for $2,000 to become a sponsor and get two tickets, be listed on the program and be photographed with Frist.

While Kimsey's letter stressed "the importance of keeping Tom in Congress," Davis last year won a fifth term with 83 percent of the vote. The real need for money is by a Davis war chest for distribution to other Republican House members -- an important tool for gaining power in Congress. After serving as House Republican campaign chairman for the last two cycles, Davis this year became chairman of the House Government Reform Committee.


The National Rifle Association (NRA) is considering opposing Rep. Ron Paul, a champion of gun rights, in next year's Texas Republican primary. Paul evoked the NRA's ire April 9 by opposing a bill that would order federal and state courts to immediately dismiss lawsuits against gun makers and gun sellers.

Paul, once the Libertarian Party candidate for president, always has defended Second Amendment protection for gun owners. However, he objected to Congress legislating against state rights. The bill carried, 285 to 140. Only three Republicans -- Paul and two liberals -- voted against it.

The gun lobby is split on Paul. While the NRA wants to challenge him, the Gun Owners of America are in full support.

Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.

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