Mitt Romney to appear in Kentucky Nov. 17 for fundraiser in Lexington

10/31/2011 07:16 AM

Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney will make his first appearance in Kentucky of the 2012 election cycle on Nov. 17 to raise money for his bid for the GOP nomination for president.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, will appear at an evening reception at the Kentucky Aviation Museum in Lexington hosted by coal company owner Joe Craft and Republican fundraiser Kelly Knight, according to a save-the-date card for the event.

Individuals who raise at least $10,000 for Romney’s campaign qualify for a “host committee reception” with the candidate. Those who give the federal maximum of $2,500 — or $5,000 for a couple — get their picture taken with Romney at a “VIP photo reception.” And those who give $1,000 — or $2,000 per couple — can attend the general reception.

Craft has been president and CEO of Alliance Resource Partners and is a Hazard native.

Earlier this summer, Craft and Knight hosted a reception with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who eventually dropped out of the GOP presidential race in August after a poor showing in the Iowa straw poll.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at or @mycn2 on Twitter.


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