Mitt Romney to be featured guest at NDGOP fundraiser June 22

Mitt Romney

FARGO – Former 2008 presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be the featured guest of the North Dakota Republican Party at a fundraising event June 22 in Mapleton.

The gathering – at the farm of former U.S. Senator Mark Andrews – is aimed at rallying GOP support, with contributions going to aid the state party in its efforts to elect Republicans in November. The cost of the event is $1,000 per couple.

North Dakota GOP Chairman Gary Emineth wrote in an e-mail newsletter to supporters: “We have asked Governor Romney to speak to the issues of the day in his characteristic optimistic and pragmatic style. He is a proven leader and a voice which carries practical wisdom and inspiration with conviction and determination.”

Republican candidates for state and federal office – including Senate candidate Gov. John Hoeven and House candidate Rick Berg – have been invited to attend the event as honorary guests. But it won’t be an official campaign stop for them. The newsletter included the following caveat that Hoeven and Berg “are not soliciting contributions for this event, and they are appearing only as featured guests.”

The event is another indicator of North Dakota Republicans’ energy and optimism this election season, and Romney’s presence highlights again the national attention North Dakota will likely have on Nov. 2. (Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell paid a visit to North Dakota in January to personally back Hoeven’s campaign.)

For more on this story, read Tuesday’s edition of The Forum.