Va. Gov. Skips High-Dollar Romney Fundraiser Because of Va. Tech Shooting

Dec 8, 2011 6:21pm

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is no longer dropping by a Mitt Romney fundraiser this afternoon after two people were shot and killed on the Virginia Tech campus.

A spokesman for McDonnell told ABC News that the governor would remain in the office throughout the evening instead of  attend the Romney event.

“Given the events of today, the governor will be unable to stop by tonight’s reception,” said Tucker Martin. “He regrets that he cannot welcome Gov. Romney to Virginia, but he needs to be with his public safety team as it continues to monitor and work on this tragic situation at Virginia Tech.”

According to the Associated Press, the fundraiser costs $1,000 per couple to attend and $5,000 to be listed as a host. Romney’s Virginia campaign chairman, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, Dominion Power chairman and CEO Tom Farrell, and John Snow, Treasury secretary under former President George W. Bush will all attend, according to the AP.

Romney and McDonnell appeared publicly in late October at   Fairfax GOP headquarters, where the Virginia governor was bombarded with questions as to whether he planned to make an endorsement in the Republican primary.

Martin said at the time that the “The governor thinks very highly of Gov. Romney and the campaign he is running. He does believe a current or former governor would make the best next president of the United States. However, he will not make an endorsement in the race, if he does at all, until after Virginia’s mid-term legislative elections in November.”

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