South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will headline RPK/Matt Bevin joint fundraiser

09/23/2015 08:37 PM

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will headline a joint fundraiser for the Republican Party of Kentucky and Matt Bevin’s gubernatorial campaign at the end of the month.

The event, which will take place in Lexington on Sept. 29, was first confirmed to Pure Politics by RPK Chairman Steve Robertson on Wednesday. Invitations for the fundraiser are already heading to mailboxes and it will be held at a “private location.”

Robertson told Pure Politics the event will “lift all boats,” from Bevin’s campaign to the party’s efforts in other elections.

Haley has been named recently as a potential vice presidential candidate after she made national headlines in June calling for and shepherding the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds in South Carolina after the mass killing of nine African-Americans during Bible study in Charleston, S.C.

Bevin, who has nine children including four adopted children from Ethiopia, was the first gubernatorial candidate to announce his support for removing a 15-foot marble statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, from its place in the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda where it still stands after an outcry of public support in favor of the monument.

“I applaud Governor Haley’s decision to call for the removal of the Confederate Flag from capitol grounds in South Carolina, and I think it would be equally appropriate for Kentucky to remove the Jefferson Davis statue from our capitol,” Bevin said in a statement in June.

“It is important never to forget our history, but parts of our history are more appropriately displayed in museums, not on government property.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Jack Conway initially said he’d have to chew on the idea of removing the statute but eventually announced he too would like to see the monument removed from the state house grounds.

SurveyUSA, which conducted a poll for The Courier-Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader, WHAS-TV and WKYT-TV, asked respondents in August whether the Davis statue, unveiled in 1936, should be removed from the Capitol Rotunda.

Seventy-three percent of 863 respondents said the statue should stay where it is versus 17 percent who say the marble rendering should be removed and another 10 percent unsure. The poll had a 3 percent margin of error.

Bevin’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment when contacted by Pure Politics Wednesday afternoon.


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