John Boehner, the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will headlline the Connecticut Republican Party’s annual fundraiser, the Prescott Bush Dinner. The Ohio congressman is a decent get for a state party without a member of Congress.

The April 9 dinner at the Stamford Hilton will be an early measure of how enthused are donors and activists following a disappointing election year. After losing every statewide office, the party’s longterm leadership is uncertain, as GOP Chairman Chris Healy has not announced if he will seek re-election in June.

House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, whose caucus captured 14 Democratic seats in November and one in a special election last month, will be honored with the part’s Prescott Bush Award.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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