Vice President Mike Pence to keynote event hosted by pro-Laxalt group in August
Vice President Mike Pence will keynote a Nevada event hosted by a group aligned with Attorney General Adam Laxalt, the latest national Republican to throw their support toward the expected gubernatorial candidate.
Pence is scheduled to headline the 3rd “Basque Fry” on August 27 in rural Gardnerville, hosted by the pro-Laxalt “Morning in Nevada” political action committee.
It marks yet another prominent national Republican coming out in favor of the state’s attorney general, who is widely expected to run for governor in 2018.
“We are truly excited for Nevada to welcome Vice President Mike Pence to this year’s 3rd Annual Basque Fry event,” Laxalt said in a statement. “This has truly become the grassroots event for Nevada conservatives and Republicans, attracting residents from all 17 counties.
The speech will mark Pence’s second announced trip to Nevada this year — the former Indiana governor attended a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas in February. Laxalt and Pence both appeared at a campaign rally for Donald Trump in July 2016.
The event has attracted a host of other national-level Republicans in the past two years, with former speakers including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton.
Tickets to the event are $40.
Laxalt spent 2016 amassing a significant war chest, raising more than $1.1 million through the year and holding $1.5 million in cash on hand. He’s also received help in 2017, hosting a fundraiser with leadership of the Republican Governor’s Association and getting a direct mail boost from Cruz.
Laxalt also recently attended a political summit hosted by the billionaires Charles and David Koch in June, just days after Pence met privately with Charles Koch.
Morning in Nevada PAC itself reported raising more than $200,000 over the course of 2016.
No other major Republicans have announced intentions to run for governor, though state treasurer Dan Schwartz is strongly considering a bid. On the Democratic side, well-funded Clark County Commission chairman Steve Sisolak announced his candidacy in June, while fellow commissioner Chris Giunchigliani is weighing a bid as well.