Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie will attend a campaign fundraiser with former president George W. Bush next week in Dallas.
A group of powerful millionaire and billionaire Texans will host Gillespie for a luncheon Wednesday to raise campaign cash for the front-runner in Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial primary.
Event chairmen include the billionaire son of former presidential candidate Ross Perot, an oil tycoon and the founder of a Fortune 500 company, according to the invitation. Tickets for the luncheon start at $1,000, but attendees can sponsor the luncheon for $5,000 or get the VIP treatment for $10,000 or $25,000.
Gillespie’s ties to the former president stretch back to 2000 when he served as a communications adviser for Bush’s presidential campaign.
The McIntosh Co., a Dallas-based conservative political fundraising firm, is organizing the event. McIntosh raised funds for President Donald Trump after he became the presumptive Republican nominee and prior to that worked for Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign and former Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.
The Dallas fundraiser is a step to ensure Gillespie has the resources to defeat the Virginia Democratic nominee and restore conservative leadership at the governor’s mansion, said Matthew Moran, Gillespie spokesman.
“He’s proud to have the support of President Bush and conservative leaders from across the commonwealth and the country,” Moran said. “This is a crucial campaign for Virginia Republicans.”
Gillespie will face Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, and Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, in the June 13 primary. The winner of the GOP primary will face either Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam or former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello in the general election.