More than 300 people attended a fundraiser Monday for Republican congressional candidate Bobby Schilling with House Speaker John Boehner as the special guest.
But the event, held at the Lavender Crest Winery in Colona, Ill., was closed to all news media, and Schilling was not allowed to discuss the event or say what remarks Boehner shared with the crowd, Schilling campaign officials said.
Several members of the media, including a Quad-City Times photographer, were told by police they could not be on the road near the winery during the event.
That action prompted a response from Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
"It’s no wonder that John Boehner and Bobby Schilling are hiding from press scrutiny — Bobby Schilling’s claim that he is living 'paycheck to paycheck' on $100,000 a year is just the latest example showing how disconnected they are from hard-working families,” Lorenz said in a statement.
Schilling, of Colona, who served one term in Congress, was defeated in the 2012 election by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, a Democrat from East Moline. The two are facing off again in the November general election.
Meanwhile, Democratic volunteers held a protest prior to the appearance by Boehner, R-Ohio. They were objecting to Schilling's opposition to an increase in the minimum wage, Democratic officials said in a news release announcing the event held that was at the Department of Employment Security office in Rock Island.
“Bobby Schilling is completely clueless to claim that he lives ‘paycheck to paycheck’ while he opposes raising the minimum wage for hard-working Illinois families," said Dino Leone of the Quad-Cities Federation of Labor. “Bobby Schilling has once again made it clear that the special interests and the ultra-wealthy come ahead of supporting regular families.”