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Controversial Speakers At Fundraiser Generates Debate

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Two members of the conservative U.S. House Freedom Caucus and a former White House Chief of Staff will headline a fundraising event in Teton County.

Former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, along with U.S. Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan will be on hand to raise money for conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Although Jackson Hole is the host of many national fundraisers, some are objecting to stances that Jordan and Taylor-Greene have had on the January 6th capital riot, the election and other issues like COVID-19.

Teton County Democratic Party Chairwoman Maggie Hunt said it’s disappointing local residents are hosting such an event.

"I'm sorry that they are raising money for this platform," she said.

Teton County Republican Chairwoman Mary Martin said the local people hosting the event are part of what she sees as the big tent of the party.

'I think we need to be willing to all come to the table from all perspectives. With the willingness to listen, to understand, and I think that's really the only way I see that we can meaningfully move forward," said Martin.

Although she added that even some local Republicans have mixed emotions about the event.

Hunt said there are real issues that need to be dealt with that members of the Freedom Caucus have ignored.

"We need to work on healthcare, access to housing, we need to work on the homeless. Just so many problems," said Hunt.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Spring Creek Ranch. Hunt said several people plan to protest the event.

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