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McDonnell to speak to North Carolina Republicans

Anita Kumar

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will head south to headline a speech in North Carolina to a group of Republicans Saturday night, according to the Raleigh News & Observer .

In reporting the fundraiser, the newspaper based in a state that has its own complicated history with race focuses on McDonnell's recent mistake in declaring April Confederate History Month without mentioning slavery.

"The Wake County GOP, fresh off a school board election victory that touches on sensitive racial issues, is bringing in a political figure involved in a Confederacy flap to help them raise money.'' the newspaper writes.

The dinner at the State Fairgrounds will raise money for the county party. Tickets cost $100 per person, $180 per couple, with sponsorships up to $1,000.

McDonnell's staff has said that the governor has been invited to dozens of political events across the state and the nation since being sworn in Jan. 16 but that he declined many of them because he wanted to concentrate on being governor. They have said he plans to attend more events now that the legislative session has concluded.

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By Anita Kumar  |  April 23, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  | Tags: Bob McDonnell, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell  
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