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Pelosi Fundraising For Boyda

Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.) is holding a fundraiser with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi next month, despite previously rejecting financial assistance from House Democratic leadership.

The fundraiser, first reported by the Kansas City Star, will be held on November 9 at the home of Dennis Langley, a former state party chairman. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) will also be in attendance.

Boyda represents one of the most conservative districts held by Democrat in the country. The district gave 59 percent of the vote to President Bush in 2004.

She is expected to face a fierce re-election battle, either against former Rep. Jim Ryun or state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins.

Boyda has declined to participate in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline program, which helps vulnerable members raise money early and receive logistical support for their re-election bids.

Boyda’s spokeswoman told the Politico in February she was turning down the assistance because she wanted “to run an independent campaign.”

She raised $172,000 in the third quarter, well below the average of targeted Democratic incumbents.