Vice President meets with Orange County firefighters
Vice President MIke Pence meets with firefighters and smoke from the Anaheim Hills fire billows in the background. Courtesy of the Vice President

Vice President Mike Pence headlined a fundraising luncheon in Newport Beach Monday to benefit Rep. Darrell Issa and six other House Republicans targeted by Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.

The luncheon at the exclusive Resort at Pelican Hill benefitted California Victory 2018, a joint fundraising committee for Issa, who represents north coastal San Diego county, and Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach, Mimi Walters of Irvine, Ed Royce of Brea, Steve Knight of Palmdale, David Valadao of Hanford and Jeff Denham of Turlock.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton carried all seven districts in last year’s presidential election.

The fundraiser was scheduled for last month but was delayed when Pence went to Florida following Hurricane Irma.

During the Newport Beach appearance, Pence touted the work being done by President Donald Trump, one of the event’s attendees told the Orange County Register.

“America is optimistic, but there is more work to do to make America great again,” Scott Baugh, a former county Republican chairman, told the Register about the theme of Pence’s speech. Baugh said Pence also touted growth of the American economy and the creation of more than 1 million jobs.

Costa Mesa City Councilman Jim Righeimer told City News Service earlier he was excited to attend the fundraiser.

“I met (Pence) back when he was a congressman, actually,” Righeimer said. “He’s very personable, very down to earth — someone you’d expect out of a Midwestern state.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, also attended the event.

Following the Newport Beach fundraiser, Pence flew to Sacramento, where he will join McCarthy to meet with area business owners, community leaders and families “to discuss the need for tax reform,” according to the White House.

Pence wrote on Twitter that he also met with some firefighters battling the massive brush fire burning in the Anaheim Hills area, and said he also spoke to Gov. Jerry Brown.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.