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A Rand conflict

For the second time this year, a major Republican fund raiser will occur on the same night the Fort Wayne City Council meets.

Even during a city election year, the GOP has made clear the schedule of speakers trumps that of some of its local elected officials. The Bean Dinner will be held Oct. 25 to accommodate the schedule of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

The date selected is not only a Tuesday, when the council regularly meets, but is also the date the council has scheduled to vote on the 2012 city budget, one of its largest votes annually.

Council President Mitch Harper, R-4th, said depending on how budget hearings progress, the vote might be able to happen that night in time for Republican council members to make the dinner. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner begins an hour later. Harper said he won't be planning to change the meeting date.

"The public's business comes before politics," he said, while noting he hoped the people attending the dinner would already be strong supporters of the Republicans on council.

People interested in attending the dinner, which will be at Grand Wayne Center, should contact the Allen County GOP at 745-1970 or beandinner@allencountygop.org.

Tickets for the dinner are $75 per person and $200 per person for the 5 p.m. VIP reception.

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