Rochester, N.Y. - A local political race got support from a big name politician Saturday.
House Speaker John Boehner was the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for Maggie Brooks.
The Republican County Executive is running against Democratic incumbent Louise Slaughter for the 28th Congressional District seat.
Boehner focused a good portion of his speech hammering President Barack Obama on the economy and the mixed July jobs report.
Boehner said the sluggish economy is why it's crucial for more Republicans to win seats in congress in November -- something he's confident Brooks can do.
"It's going to be a very difficult election, but I think we've got a real shot at winning," Boehner said. "What we need are more members with their own conviction to tackle this problem once and for all."
Boehner touted Brooks' business and political career at the fundraiser.
"When you look at Maggie's background as a broadcaster as a businesswoman, [she's] done a great job as County Executive here in Monroe County," he said. "She ... will come to Washington with the kind of background and experience that we need."
In a statement, Slaughter called Brooks' decision to invite Boehner to Rochester "questionable." She added that Brooks was "standing with Speaker Boehner to end Medicare and gut the middle class so they can give millionaires another tax cut."