Washington (CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, one the Republican Party's favorite new faces, has cancelled his Saturday appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
McDonnell is in Washington Friday for events with the National Governors Association and Republican Governors Association, and will still attend a Georgetown fundraiser for Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's political action committee, but he is returning to Richmond tonight to work on budget matters, according to a McDonnell spokesman.
McDonnell will return to Washington on Sunday to attend the NGA dinner at the White House with President Obama. His office said he would try to stop by CPAC Friday if time permitted.
He was originally slated to address the CPAC audience on Saturday afternoon, after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.