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October 15, 2008

Cheney cancels fundraiser with Ozinga

Vice President Dick Cheney canceled his scheduled fundraiser today with Illinois Congressional candidate Marty Ozinga.

Ozinga is running against Democrat Debbie Halvorson for the seat of retiring Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.).

Democrats had been pouncing on Cheney’s visit, using it to tie Ozinga to the unpopular Bush administration.

But the decision to have Cheney come was made out of financial necessity: his Democratic opponent, Debbie Halvorson, has been outspending him on television. And Ozinga, who has the means to self-finance the campaign, has apparently opted not to spend much of his own personal fortune.

Tickets to the event were $500, while attendees paid $2,300 if they wanted a photograph with the vice president.

It's the second time a Cheney fundraiser has been canceled in recent weeks. Last month, Rep. Tom Feeney canceled a Naples, Florida event with Cheney, ostensibly for possible votes on energy legislation in Washington.

Cheney has at least one more fundraiser planned before Election Day. The vice president is scheduled to head to St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, Missouri on Monday to raise money for Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and other Show-Me State Republicans.

The fundraiser in Cape Girardeau is being held at the home of David Limbaugh, the conservative attorney and younger brother of talk show host Rush, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

UPDATE: Vice President Cheney canceled his appearance because of a recurrence of a minor heart condition, according to his office. 

"During a visit with his doctors this morning, it was discovered that the Vice President is experiencing a recurrence of atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart," the statement said.

"Later this afternoon, the Vice President will visit George Washington University Hospital for an outpatient procedure to restore his normal rhythm."