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McConnell Helps McDonnell

Anita Kumar

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will host a fundraiser next month for former attorney general Robert F. McDonnell, the Republican nominee for governor.

The St. Patrick's Day event will be held March 13 at the Alexandria home of Ed Gillespie, McDonnell's general chairman who previously served as counselor to George W. Bush and chairman of the Republican National Committee.

National Republicans are investing heavily in McDonnell's campaign as they fight to win back the governor's mansion in a state that has been trending from red to blue.

Former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani have already hosted fundraisers. Former presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, will travel to Virginia to campaign for McDonnell March 25.

"Everybody who cares about the Republican party nationally and everybody who wants to run for president in 2012 will be in Virginia'' this year, McDonnell said.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 27, 2009; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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