Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is widely believed to be among the frontrunners for the GOP nomination for president in 2012, will be in North Dakota next Tuesday for a state Republican Party fundraiser.
In a Monday announcement, state party chairman Gary Emineth said he was "pleased to announce a special gathering of folks like you – people who truly understand the rare privileges and personal responsibilities of life in a free society."
The event will happen Tuesday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. It’s being held at the Mapleton, N.D., farm of former Sen. Mark Andrews. Mapleton, in case you’re not sure, is about halfway between Fargo and Casselton, N.D., off Interstate 94.
State GOP Party executive director Adam Jones said the event will be an "informal gathering," featuring headlining speaker Romney as he discusses the issues of the day. Those issues likely will include Gov. John Hoeven’s success as governor and how he would take that success to Washington, D.C., if elected to the U.S. Senate seat that retiring Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan has held since 1992. Hoeven is challenging Democratic-NPL nominee Tracy Potter and Libertarian candidate Keith Hanson for that spot on the Senate.
Hoeven and state Rep. Rick Berg, R-Fargo, will be featured guests at the event, and all statewide Republican candidates will also be at the fundraiser. The money raised next Tuesday will go to the North Dakota Republican Party to be used over the campaign season.
To attend, the suggested donation is $1,000 per couple. Or you can get your picture taken with Romney for $2,500.
Jones told me that the event will be closed to the media, meaning I won’t be able to attend, but he was working on lining up some time for the media to talk with Romney… I’m waiting to hear more details on that and will see if I can get a few minutes to talk with Romney.
I wrote up a brief story about the fundraiser that will be in Tuesday’s Herald. And the North Dakota Republican Party’s website should soon have more information about the event and links to signup to attend.
If you want to register for the fundraiser, click here.