Paul Ryan booked for Md. GOP dinner


House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP File photo)

The Maryland Republican Party has landed Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as the featured speaker at an annual fund-raising dinner in June, the party announced Monday.

Ryan, the chairman of the House budget committee and the GOP’s vice presidential candidate last year, is booked for the June 20 Red, White and Blue Dinner. The location has yet to be announced.

“It will be refreshing to hear from a reformer who can help Maryland Republicans before the 2014 elections,” Diana Waterman, chairwoman of the state GOP, said in a statement.

While the Republican party continues to face steep challenges in Maryland, where there are twice as many registered Democrats as Republicans, the state GOP has excelled at attracting top talent for its annual dinner. Past speakers at the event have included Republican luminaries Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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