Because nothing says "fiscal restraint" like paying $2,500 to ogle a pop star. (by Mike Shadle)

With Republicans, it’s always austerity for thee — not for me.

With Republican leaders anxious to set an austere tone for their ascendance into the House majority this week, the lavish fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday night at a trendy Washington hotel to benefit a dozen GOP freshmen is not exactly the populist image leaders are anxious to project.

House Speaker-elect John Boehner, whose name was featured on the invitation, is nonetheless skipping the event at the W Hotel, where lobbyists, political action committee managers and others paying the $2,500 ticket price will be treated to a performance by country music star LeAnn Rimes (a $50,000 package includes a block of eight tickets and a “VIP suite” at the W).

Behind this boozy blowout is freshman Jeff Denham (R-CA) who prances around as a “fiscal hawk” and recently said he’d vote against raising the debt ceiling.

Look, someone’s gotta pick up the slack since Casino Jack went to prison.


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