Ehrlich, a Republican, will benefit from a fundraiser there starring that state's conservative governor Bob McDonnell. It will be hosted in a private home, said campaign spokesman Andy Barth. Ehrlich and McDonnell have “cordial” relationship, Barth said. However he deferred questions about areas of policy where the two agree or disagree.
McDonnell has made news in recent months by standing up to the Obama Administration, including pulling Virginia out of the running for the federal Race to the Top education grant and signing a bill prohibiting the federal government from requiring Virginians to carry health insurance. A similar health insurance bill went nowhere this year in Maryland’s General Assembly.