McDonnell to bring Holtz to Richmond, McCain to Hampton Roads
The Bob McDonnell campaign revealed today that two high profile guests will come to Virginia to stump and raise money for the Republican candidate for governor. Former Notre Dame and University of South Carolina head football coach Lou Holtz will headline a low-dollar fundraiser at Willow Oaks Country Club on October 26th. Nine days before that, former Republican nominee for President, Sen. John McCain will be the featured guest at a “Veterans for McDonnell” rally in Hampton Roads.
The news of these two visits comes in the wake of a cancellation from Meg Whitman, the former CEO of Ebay and a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of California. The McDonnell campaign said that the upcoming birth the host’s child forced the cancellation of the event. Democrats have seized on the schedule change as a way to show that McDonnell’s graduate thesis is keeping high profile politicians, particularly women, from wanting to associate with him. Both the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors Association have used the event’s change as a tool to pound McDonnell here in Virginia and Whitman back in California.
During the 2008 presidential election, McDonnell served as one the McCain campaign’s primary surrogates. He regularly appeared at events on behalf of the Arizona Senator, so it is not a surprise that McCain is coming to town to return the favor. While McCain did not win Virginia in the 2008 election, he is still popular in Southern portions of the state, particularly in places like Hampton Roads, that have a strong military presence.
Holtz, of course, is best known for his run as the head coach of arguably the most high profile collegiate football program in the country. The College Football Hall of Famer, was the last coach to guide Notre Dame to a National Championship. He currently serves as an analyst on ESPN.
The man he is coming to town to stump for, Bob McDonnell, is a graduate of Notre Dame.