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McDonnell headlines fundraiser for Martinez of New Mexico

Anita Kumar

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues his fundraising efforts for Republicans across the nation Tuesday when he headlines an event for New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez..

The lunchtime event at Zola restaurant in the District is expected to bring in $70,000, according to Phil Cox, McDonnell's senior political adviser.

Other hosts include well-know names: Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and McDonnell's former general chairman; Fred Malek, Sen. John McCain's finance chairman who now heads McDonnell's government reform commission; Bobbie Kilberg, chairwoman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council who serves on several of McDonnell's commissions; and former longtime New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici.

Martinez met McDonnell when he was in Aspen this summer for the Republican Governors Association executive roundtable retreat. The two spent some time talking to get to know each other, Cox said.

Martinez, district attorney for New Mexico's 3rd judicial district, won a five-way primary in June with 51 percent, in which she defeated, among others, Domenici's son. She was endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. She faces Democrat Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in November.

By Anita Kumar  | September 14, 2010; 9:25 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell  
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they held the lunch in the district because mcdonnell can't show his face in a virginian restaurant because of his ABC plan that raises their taxes.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 14, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

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