Haley Barbour to raise money for Ky. GOP in Lexington Thursday

02/14/2011 10:34 AM

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour

Potential Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour, the Mississippi governor, will headline a Republican Party of Kentucky fundraiser in Lexington on Thursday, state GOP chairman Steve Robertson said.

Robertson told cn|2 Politics on Saturday at the Jefferson County Lincoln Day Dinner that Barbour was meeting with the Kentucky Coal Association in the morning and agreed to speak later at a fundraiser for the party at a private residence.

About 30 to 40 people are expected to attend, Robertson said. There is no minimum contribution level, he said. It marks the Republican Party of Kentucky’s first fundraising event of 2011 — a key year in Kentucky with the governor’s race and other statewide offices on the ballot.

“We’re just trying to raise as much as we can from as many people as we can,” Robertson said.

Barbour is among a host of Republicans who are considering running but have not yet fully jumped in the race. He said yesterday on “Fox News Sunday” that he won’t make a decision until April.

Barbour is a former chairman of the Republican Governors Association and is term limited from seeking another four years as Mississippi’s governor.

- Ryan Alessi

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