McDonnell to keynote New Hampshire GOP fundraiser
The event, in an early primary state for the presidential election, is popular and usually draws crowds of 600 people or more. It is anticipated that 4 to 6 GOP presidential candidates will be at the event, but McDonnell will serve as the keynote speaker.
McDonnell, who told me that he would consider a spot on the republican national ticket, is widely considered to be a rising star in the party.
“As Vice Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association (McDonnell) brings a national stature to our premiere fundraising event, his appearance has already generated brisk ticket sales,” said Bill Binnie, Finance Chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party in a prepared statement.
Despite his growing national ambition, McDonnell was worked hard to appear disinterested in his future prospects. He has made a point to avoid travel to any parts of the country that might raise questions about his next step. McDonnell’s office made note of the fact that this is his first trip to New Hampshire since being elected governor of Virginia.
Expect McDonnell’s national recognition to only grow after Texas Governor Rick Perry formally steps into the race for president this weekend. Perry is currently the Chair of the Republican Governor’s Association and McDonnell has already expressed interest in moving to the top of the group, once Perry steps away from the post to run for national office.
The full release from the New Hampshire Republican Party can be found after the jump:
VIRGINIA GOVERNOR BOB McDONNELL TO HEADLINE NEW HAMPSHIRE REPUBLICAN FUNDRAISER
CONCORD- The New Hampshire Republican Party is pleased to announce that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will headline the annual NHGOP fundraiser to be held in Concord, NH on September 26th. This will be McDonnell’s first trip to New Hampshire as Governor. In addition to serving as Governor, McDonnell is also Vice Chair of the powerful Republican Governor’s Association and a former U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. A recent Washington Post poll gave the Governor a 62% approval rating in the Commonwealth, one of the highest approval ratings of any Governor in the country.
“Governor McDonnell has exercised the leadership required in these tough times to balance budgets, control spending and create a surplus for his state’s long term economic viability …the kind of leadership that is lacking in the White House and in our state’s corner office,” stated NHGOP Chairman Jack Kimball.
Governor McDonnell spoke about the event, noting “New Hampshire is a great state, where Republicans historically have done very well. Republicans currently control the House, Senate, and Executive Council, along with three of four congressional seats. But there is much more work to be done, and that work starts with electing a Republican Governor in 2012. I’m pleased to help the NHGOP with their fundraising efforts and I look forward to this opportunity to talk about the common sense solutions our Party is putting forward to help the private sector create new jobs and get our people back to work and our economy back on track.”
“Bob McDonnell is Governor of one of the few states in the country operating with a surplus and we are excited to have him here in New Hampshire,” said Bill Binnie, Finance Chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party. “As Vice Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association he brings a national stature to our premiere fundraising event, his appearance has already generated brisk ticket sales,” continued Binnie.