Newt Gingrich coming to Maryland next week
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is scheduled as the featured speaker at the Maryland Republican Party's major annual fundraising event next week.
The Republican former speaker of the House of Representatives has visited the Free State many times in recent years, including for the House GOP retreat in Baltimore this January. He was keynote speaker for the state party fundraiser in June 2009, and you can listen to a video recording (images are quite fuzzy) here.
But Gingrich's remarks to the state party may have added importance this year, as he attempts to build a presidential bid. His campaign has faced major challenges of late, including the departure last week of more than a dozen key staff members.
Nonetheless, Gingrich will be among the field of Republican presidential contenders at a debate tonight in New Hampshire.
Tickets to the state party dinner, June 23 at the BWI Airport Marriott, cost $200. Another presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, spoke at last year's fundraiser. The former Massachusetts governor drew a crowd of 700, raising about $200,000 for the party, Republican officials said at the time.