Romney fundraiser draws top KY Republicans plus former UK stars Harrellson and Cousins

11/18/2011 06:50 AM

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attracted many of the usual big-name Kentucky Republicans to his fundraiser in Lexington Thursday night — except for the two really tall guys.

Political newbies Josh Harrellson and DeMarcus Cousins, the former University of Kentucky players, showed up to the event and even presented Romney with a UK hat.

Harrellson told Pure Politics after the event that Romney said he could be a UK fan. (Watch tonight’s edition of Pure Politics to see the full interview with Harrellson.)

The media wasn’t allowed into the private fundraiser held at the Kentucky Aviation Museum at the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington.

(But thanks to an attendee for passing on the snapshot of Cousins presenting the hat to Romney with Harrellson, far left, and co-sponsor of the event Joe Craft, right, looking on.)

Harrellson and state Sen. Tom Jensen of London said after the event that Romney talked about the need to cut down the $15 trillion national debt. He also took a few questions from the roughly 100 people who attended the main event, which required at least a donation of $1,000 per person. Those who raised at least $10,000 from others qualified to attend a private reception with Romney.

Jensen said he expected Romney to be the eventual Republican nominee. He also said he planned to support Romney just as his close political ally, Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers of Somerset, has done.

Others attending included former Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan; former state Senate Republican floor leader and now judge, Dan Kelly; 6th congressional district candidate Andy Barr; Lexington lawyer Blake Brickman, the former chief of staff to Jim Bunning; former secretary of state candidate Hilda Legg; and Republican political consultant Scott Jennings.

The event was hosted by Romney’s finance chairs in Kentucky, coal operator Joe Craft and fundraiser Kelly Knight.

(For more, watch Friday’s edition of Pure Politics at 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. Central on Insight’s cn|2).


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