Republicans call on Rep. Rick Nolan to cancel fundraiser with 1960s star
April 11, 2014 — 4:26pm
WASHINGTON -- Republicans on Friday slammed Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan for planning a fundraiser with Peter Yarrow, the singer from the 1960s band Peter, Paul and Mary, who admitted in 1970 to having improper relations with a 14-year-old girl.
Nolan is hosting a fundraiser April 25 with Yarrow, who is playing at Duluth's Sacred Heart Music Center for a concert afterwards. The fundraiser, at Bowery Brothers Pub in Duluth, asks for a suggested donation of $50.
Yarrow has vexed Democratic fundraisers before. Last year, Republicans criticized Martha Robertson, a New York Democrat, for planning an event with him, according to the Buffalo News. She refused to cancel the event and Republicans ran an attack ad against her for it.
That same article points out that Yarrow has donated almost $15,000 to Democratic candidates since 1998 and he performed for Obama volunteers during the 2008 presidential campaign.
“Rick Nolan should immediately cancel his fundraiser with a convicted child molester and apologize to his constituents," said Tyler Q. Houlton at the National Republican Congressional Committee, in an e-mailed statement.
Nolan's spokeswoman deferred comments to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
“This is a desperate attempt from Stewart Mills to distract from the fact that he is personally offended when millionaires like himself are asked to pay their fair share," said Brandon Lorenz, in an emailed statement.
Mills is the Republican running to unseat Nolan, who is in his first term, though served in the U.S. House of Representatives previously between 1975 and 1981.
Fresh off an appearance on the top-rated CBS news magazine "Sixty Minutes," Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan of Minnesota showed up at the National Press Club Monday to tout legislation that would prohibit members of Congress from making personal requests for political donations. Nolan was one of the first co-sponsors of the STOP Act introduced in Janurary by Republican Rep. David Jolly of Florida. The bill would outlaw personal fundraising calls by members of Congress. It languishes in committee with little chance of action in this presidential election year. But Jolly and Nolan told reporters gathered at the press club that it is necesary to stop the "scandal" of personal and party fundraising. Both poltiical parties pressure members of the House and Senate to spend time raising money when they should be serving their constituents. Nolan calls the practice "dialing for dollars" that "turns members of Congress into middle-level telemarketers." It takes place while Congress is in session supposedly doing the "people's work," Nolan said. Instead, most politicians feel obliged to spend 20 to 30 hours a week holed up in call centers away from the Capitol begging for cash. Jolly and Nolan acknowledged that outlawing personal soliciations will take time, possibly years, if it is successful at all. Still, they hope to start what they describe as a "movement" using websites, Twitter hashtags and media appearances like the one they made Monday to gain traction. "The way change occurs," said Nolan, "is by people stepping up and calling out what's wrong."