Washington (CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will make two appearances in Kentucky this week as he continues to enhance his national profile ahead of a possible 2012 presidential bid.
Barbour will visit Lexington on Thursday to address the Kentucky Coal Association, an alliance of Kentucky coal producers that has often sparred with environmental groups.
The group sued the Environmental Protection Agency in October over the federal agency's attempts to regulate water quality in coal-producing regions of the state. Kentucky's Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has sided with the coal association against the government.
Later Thursday, Barbour will headline a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Kentucky at a private home in Lexington, an aide to the governor told CNN.
Kentucky is one of three states with a governor's race in 2011, and several Republicans have emerged as potential challengers to Beshear in November.
Go home Haley, and fix Mississippi.
Great. He'll be the Senator from Massey Energy, just as soon as he finishes painting a halo on Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Got his marching orders from Koch....
You wanna stop someone from making sure you have good water by suing them wow you can't be serious haley helping big business instead of looking out for the health of the people in those places wow
I am a Consevative voter.....Barbour please go home. You are a joke. The state you head is at the bottom of every ranking in the country.
Yeah, screw water quality! The peons can drink industrial by-products – they are already breathing it, and they still live long enough to turn a profit for us! What a bunch of whiners. They should be happy they have a job.
For the Tea Partiers in the crowd, that was sarcasm; just FYI before you start agreeing with me.