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McDonnell headlines fundraiser for Texas Gov. Perry in Virginia

Anita Kumar

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will headline a fundraiser for fellow Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas next month in Richmond.

An Aug. 16 reception will take place at the headquarters of Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris, the world's largest cigarette manufacturer.

The other hosts all have strong ties to McDonnell: Richmond lawyer Frank Atkinson, who served as an adviser to McDonnell during his campaign last year; Richard Cullen, chairman of McGuire Woods law firm; Bobbie Kilberg, president of the Northern Virginia Technology Council who serves on McDonnell's government reform commission and her husband, Bill; and Michael Szymanczyk, CEO of Altria Group, who gave $25,000 to McDonnell last year.

Phil Cox, McDonnell's senior political adviser, said the two governors have become good friends while serving on the Republican Governors Association executive committee and share a lot in common. (Texas and Virginia often trade places as the top two states for business in the nation.)

Perry became governor in 2000 when George W. Bush resigned to become president. He later was elected in 2002 and 2006 and won this year's Republican primary after defeating U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. He faces former Houston Mayor Bill White in the general election.

Update, 9:45 a.m. Cox said a second fundraiser was to take place Aug. 17 in Virginia Beach, but that has been canceled.

By Anita Kumar  |  July 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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Gov. Perry is in Virginia taking money from McDonnell. I think Perry is on his way to reelection this year against White. If Texas & Virginia are the biggest business growers in America, I see why they have a good relationship. Could it be that Perry is mulling a run for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012? Obviously, he is now focused on the Texas Governor's race. But after Perry wins that race, he is to the right and is a great fundraiser, making him very formidable for the R nomination if he choose to run. I don't think McDonnell is running, but may be sitting back to see if he may get a VP spot. Perry could have everything in place to run after his governor's race ends.

Posted by: reason5 | July 23, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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