Great news! Hot off the press from National Journal: Romney will head to South Dakota this month to raise funds for Senator John Thune, who is up for reelection later this year. It’s great to see Mitt uniting with other respected conservatives in an effort to win our country back from the mindless Democrats.
Mitt Romney to Fundraise for John Thune
By Erin McPike
Get out the long lenses in South Dakota: Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is making one of his first high-profile fundraising stops of the 2010 midterm cycle later this month for none other than Sen. John Thune (R-SD), chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.
Romney will join Thune for a fundraiser to benefit the senator’s re-election bid at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls, SD, on Feb. 19, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by National Journal. The suggested contribution is just $100.
Romney and Thune met several years ago in the Capitol and have seen each other at a couple of social functions since then, but they have never made a joint appearance. Sioux Falls and Sioux City, Iowa, a conservative bastion in the first-in-the-nation pres. caucus state, share a media market, so photos of the once and likely future pres. hopeful and a possible rival — or ticket-mate — will hit voters in the caucus state.
“This has 2012 written all over it. Two high-profile Republicans in the same place — one who has already run for president and one who is being encouraged to do so — to have them together makes for quite a photo-op,” said one veteran GOP strategist.
The rest of Romney’s itinerary has yet to be determined, but an IA GOP strategist said he doubted Romney would drop down to the Hawkeye State since he is scheduled to be there for his book tour in March.
“But to have two superstars like that together, people will pay attention. It wouldn’t be unheard of for the two of them to do a media avail,” the operative said, since the media market reaches a wide swath of northern Iowa.
As for Thune, with $6M in his war chest and no Dem challengers on the horizon ahead of the Mar. 30 filing deadline, why the early, splashy fundraiser? As Thune campaign manager Justin Brasell put it, “Sen. Thune has been through 2 grueling and very expensive Senate races, and if there is one lesson he took away from those contests it’s that you can never be too prepared.”