WASHINGTON (CNN) – Mitt Romney will headline a gala at the Virginia Republican State Convention in May, state GOP officials said Friday.
Romney becomes the latest big-name Republican to join in the effort to help Bob McDonnell take back the Virginia governor's mansion from Democrats. The visit will also give Romney a chance to build support among party members in a battleground state as he moves towards a possible second run at the White House in 2012.
The former Massachusetts governor has been keeping a packed schedule of late, along with making TV appearances and writing op-eds about the economy.
Next week, he will headline a fundraiser in Chicago for Illinois state senator Dan Rutherford. Romney then travels to Washington on April 1 to speak to the National Republican Senatorial Committee annual fundraising dinner, followed by a trip to New York City the next day to raise cash for the New York County Republican Party.
"He is staying active politically and doing what he can to help Republican party organizations and individual candidates as we head into the critical 2010 elections," said Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom. "His visit to Virginia is on behalf of the entire Republican ticket there, including the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Bob McDonnell, and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling."
Bolling, who is seeking re-election, chaired Romney's Virginia campaign operation in 2008 and announced the upcoming visit in an e-mail to supporters.
"Gov. Romney knows more about the economy, creating jobs and building businesses than almost anyone in American politics today," Bolling said.
Romney is slated to speak to the convention's Commonwealth Gala on May 29.
Other high-profile Republicans - including John McCain, Fred Thompson, Bobby Jindal and Rudy Giuliani - have already raised money for McDonnell's campaign as the GOP sets its sights on a symbolic off-year victory this November.
The Republicans are so desperate for a win that they have started to bring out the big guns,Where were they when they broke out that blue folder.
Romney know more about failed republican policies than he does about creating jobs.
Sarah Palin is going to eat Romney for breakfast in 2012!
All she has to do is smile and wink and the uni-brows will line up around the block to vote for her.
Too bad Romney!!
Who cares aboout Mitt Romney?
NO MORE rich, spoiled boys in the GOP!!!
I welcome their contributions to the economy by their election efforts. They have nothing to offer their constituency beyond the direct impact of their spending on a lost cause. Spend, baby, spend!!!
SAADDD if all the effort in making a comeback was put into helping the President turn around the Economy...........the recession would be over.
Same old same old. The GOP has no new ideas, no plans or no talent. So Mitt's thinking about 2012 is he, he should be looking ahead to the end of the GOP in 2010. After 2010 the Republican Party will be no more than the Republican Group. Mitt might want to start the WIGS again.
Anyway I can help......count me in.
What's happening it the still low approval rated congress will help all GOP candidates in the coming years!
Try and imagine your government on GOP.
It's a scary thought!
Romney has been lending his support to Republicans around the country***.'A day late a dollor short ***
I want Palin 2012 but I love Romney, he was my choice for the REP nom on their side. I would be very happy with him as the nominee in 2012. I have a feeling he would be the President now if he was the 2008 nominee.