Gingrich to come to Richmond to raise cash
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a candidate for the republican nomination for president, will be in the Richmond area on Thursday to raise money for
his campaign the Republican Party of Virginia.
Gingrich will appear at a fundraiser at a hotel in Short Pump.
Governor Bob McDonnell will stop by the event and meet Gingrich.
The former Speaker had jumped out to a sizeable lead in the GOP polls, but a round of heavy attacks from Ron Paul and Mitt Romney has damaged his standings in the polls. Gingrich is generally liked by republican voters, but faces a tougher challenge in a general election campaign against President Barack Obama.
A recent Public Policy Polling survey found Gingrich to be a solid front-runner in the republican primary by Virginia voters. Virginia’s presidential primary does not take place until March 6th, which is also Super Tuesday.
Gingrich will be the third GOP presidential candidate to visit Central Virginia in the last several weeks. The former Massachusetts Governor, Romney hosted a private fundraiser on December 8th in downtown Richmond. Governor McDonnell was scheduled to attend but canceled because it was the same day as the shooting that killed Virginia Tech police officer Deriek W. Crouse. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman held a fundraiser last Thursday at the Country Club of Virginia, that McDonnell dropped in on.
McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said the governor is looking forward to seeing Gingrich.
“The Governor knows the Speaker well, and he looks forward to stopping by this event,” said Martin. “Governor McDonnell believes the Speaker is running an energetic campaign, and he’s pleased to see him bringing that campaign to his home state of Virginia on Thursday.”
McDonnell of course has repeatedly talked about his desire to see a governor win the nomination. There is also some scuttle that a Gingrich nomination would rule McDonnell out of the running for Vice-President, because both he and the Speaker are Virginians.
Both Romney and Huntsman did not offer any opportunity for press coverage. There is no word on the plans for press access for the Gingrich event on Thursday.