Republican roomies Paulsen, Brady, Shimkus and Scalise. (Courtesy a GOP source)
Splish, splash. It sounds like Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., is stuck doing the dishes.
The reason? He lost a bet over rounding up National Republican Congressional Committee dues to his Washington, D.C., roommates, all fellow Republican members, a Capitol Hill GOP operative tells CQ Roll Call.
The wager was laid in July after NRCC Chairman Greg Walden named Shimkus, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Reps. Kevin Brady of Texas and Erik Paulsen of Minnesota as chairmen of the party’s “Battleground” fundraising drive. The roomies decided the loser each fundraising period would be on the hook for the chores.
The four roommates’ push so far has rounded up more than $25 million in member pledges and dues, according to an NRCC aide. Walden described the foursome’s efforts as “above and beyond” expectations, and said in a statement that “thanks to their efforts” the GOP will grow its majority.