By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT – Texas Gov. Rick Perry is to be the keynote speaker March 15 at the West Kentucky Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in Murray to raise funds for Republican state House candidates in Western Kentucky.
Steve Hamrick of Murray, who is helping coordinate the event, said Friday that he expects 300 or more to attend the dinner at Murray State University’s Curris Center Ballroom. Tickets for it range from $951 to sit at a table with Perry and $51 for general table seating.
It also will cost $251 to sit at a table either with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Louisville, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville or state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer of Tompkinsville.
The prices ended in $51 to represent the 51 seats Republicans need in the state House to gain control of the 100-member chamber for the first time since 1921. Now, Democrats outnumber Republicans in the House 54 to 46.
Hamrick said U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Bowling Green was invited to the dinner but probably will not be able to attend because of a scheduling conflict.
Both Paul and Perry have been mentioned as possible candidates for president in 2016.
Hamrick noted that Perry was in Iowa, the leadoff presidential caucus state, Thursday night. The Associated Press reported that Perry was in Iowa for his second visit since last November to help the state’s Republican governor, Terry Branstad, seek re-election.
Perry was an unsuccessful candidate for president in 2012.
Elected Texas governor in 2000, Perry, 63, is not seeking re-election next year.
Besides the March 15 dinner at 6 p.m. Central Time, Perry is to participate in a meet-and-greet reception at 5 p.m. with Kentucky Republican officeholders and retired Lt. General Leroy Sisco, founder of Military Warriors Support Foundation that helps combat wounded soldiers.
Tickets for the dinner, which is open to all Kentuckians, may be purchased at www.callowaygop.org.