March 23rd, 2009
04:37 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain headlines fundraiser for Virginia gubernatorial hopeful

McCain is the latest prominent Republican to help McDonnell.
McCain is the latest prominent Republican to help McDonnell.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – National Republicans are already stepping up their efforts to help Bob McDonnell take back the Virginia governor's mansion from Democrats this November.

The latest prominent Republican to lend a hand is Arizona Senator John McCain, who will headline a fundraiser for McDonnell - Virginia's former Attorney General - at the home of Republican donor Carter Pate in McLean, Virginia on Wednesday night.

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Tennesee Sen. Fred Thompson have all already raised money for McDonnell, who is running as a pragmatic moderate in a state that has grown increasingly purple over the last decade.

The McCain visit will be followed by twin fundraising appearances by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in Bristol and Roanoke on March 30 and in Virginia Beach 31.

With three Democrats scrambling for their party's nomination and drawing considerable media attention, McDonnell has been free to raise money and begin building a campaign organization in advance of the general election.

Republicans may benefit from a historic pattern that demonstrates Virginia's contrarian political streak: The party controlling the White House has not won a governor's race in the commonwealth since 1973.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • John McCain
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. SouthernMan

    Unless something drastic happens in the political world between now and the election, any Republican will need about $5 for every $1 for a Democrat, and then they will have to spend the money very carefully.

    March 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. sfw

    McDonnell has been free to raise money and begin building a campaign organization in advance of the general election.
    ***Money can't buy you LOve!!!

    March 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. alvino

    If McDonnell was smart, he would ask McCain to stay home. Having him around is like a 'kiss of death' on his chances.

    March 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. The business funded economist

    The answer to all of the problems facing the united states is to cut corporate taxes down to zero and also cut taxes on the wealthy down to zero. This will free up the private sector to create miracles of all kinds thus fixing all of our problems. Republicans can win Virginia with this special wisdom.

    March 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. dumbocrat alert

    if i were a Republican running for any office, the last person i would ask for help is rino McCain.

    March 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |