U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor described U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann on Friday as a person who "hasn't forgotten" conservative principles of "spending down" and "managing down" the federal budget.
Cantor campaigned for the Ooltewah Republican at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Knoxville at a $1,000-per-person fundraiser and $2,500-per-person roundtable discussion.
Nashville fundraiser Bryan Kaegi said $75,000 was raised for Fleischmann, who represents the 3rd Congressional District.
The events were closed to the media, as fundraisers of this type often are. In a brief interview before the events began, Cantor said he came to campaign for Fleischmann because he makes a difference.
"He has a lot of respect and is a straightforward person," he said.
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