Friday, August 5, 2011

Romney to bring campaign to Ketchum

Candidate raised $215,000 from Idahoans

Express Staff Writer

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will continue a successful Idaho fundraising campaign in Ketchum later this month with a VIP reception and fundraising lunch.

Romney had raised $214,625 from Idaho voters as of early July, making up 80 percent of all contributions to presidential candidates from state residents.

At $2,500 a ticket for the reception and $500 a plate for lunch, the event is likely to boost that number significantly during the event on Friday, Aug. 19.

Maurice Charlat, former chair of the Blaine County Republicans, said Romney's visit could help other Republican candidates as well.

"This is a Democratic Party enclave, and having him here will certainly hearten the membership of the Republican Party," he said.

However, he added, he's not certain how receptive Blaine County will be toward Romney himself.

"The people of Blaine County are pretty civil, and there's a respect for the process that is held here," he said. "How well that translates into good feelings for Mitt Romney is anyone's guess."

The reception will be hosted by former Wall Street investment banker Bob Beyer and his wife, Catherine, at their home in Ketchum.

Neither Beyer nor Romney's campaign returned calls from the Mountain Express by press time Thursday requesting more details on the event.

The Idaho Statesman reported that Sinclair Oil and Sun Valley Co. owners Earl and Carol Holding are helping to organize it with a host committee that includes former First Security Corp. CEO Spencer Eccles, former Navy Secretary John Lehman, co-founder of Trident Capital and former ambassador to Finland Rock Schnabel and former Los Angeles Mayor Dick Riordan.

The $2,500 VIP reception will begin at noon and will include a photo opportunity with Romney. A "general reception" will follow at 12:30 p.m., and the $500 lunch will begin at 1 p.m.

Brad Hoaglun, spokesman for Sen. Jim Risch, said the senator "supports his campaign, just as he did in the last election," and plans to attend the fundraiser.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Romney's state finance director, Travis Hawkes, at 208-890-2174.

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