Mitt Romney to raise money Thursday at Louisville event hosted by Papa John's founder

04/17/2012 11:29 AM

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be restocking his campaign coffers in Louisville on Thursday at a fundraiser hosted by Papa John’s founder John Schnatter at his Anchorage home, several Kentucky Republicans confirmed to Pure Politics.

With the departure of Rick Santorum from the GOP primary, Romney has pivoted to aim his campaign rhetoric at President Barack Obama and to restock his campaign fund for a long and expensive general election.

Invitations went out to Republicans earlier this week. Romney has raised more than $412,000 so far in Kentucky. Obama has raised more than $567,000 in Kentucky.

Kelly Knight, who is serving as Kentucky finance chairwoman for the Romney campaign, said in a statement later that the event is jump-starting energy among Republicans.

“We are honored to again host Gov. Romney in Kentucky to raise funds to defeat President Obama in November,” said Knight, who hosted an event in Lexington for Romney in November. “The event is picking up RSVP’s by the minute and Gov. Romney’s team in Kentucky is doing its part to build a winning campaign for a great candidate. Our nation can’t afford another four years of the failed Obama agenda, and Mitt Romney is offering a fresh direction to turn around our economy and restore opportunities for every American.”

Bill Stone, president of Louisville Plate Glass, said he will be attending the fundraiser and is looking forward to hearing if — and how — Romney get fired up.

“I am for him. Excited would be too strong a word right now because I want to see him fight more,” Stone said.


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