President Bush in Macon today

From the Macon Telegraph:

President Bush’s fundraising swing through Macon today will draw a host of GOP heavyweights, including Gov. Sonny Perdue, Sen. Saxby Chambliss and several U.S. representatives.

More than 500 people are scheduled to attend the fundraiser for 8th Congressional District candidate Mac Collins, said Ted Prill, Collins’ campaign manager.

Workers were busy preparing for the visit Monday, building a stage inside a Wilson Convention Center ballroom while campaign workers and presidential advance-team members took care of various details.

Bush is expected to land at Robins Air Force Base late this afternoon, then travel to the convention center to make brief remarks and glad-hand with Collins supporters, some of whom have paid as much as $4,200 per couple to have their picture taken with the president. It will cost $250 to hear the president speak, although about 60 volunteers were also invited.

The fundraiser is expected to generate a hefty sum for the Collins campaign, but “to have the president come and stand on the podium with you … is worth a lot more than money,” said Collins, who faces U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Ga., in the Nov. 7 general election.

Collins, who spoke to reporters Monday afternoon before going through a secured walk-through of the event, said he doesn’t know what Bush will discuss during his stop.

“The main topic that I want him to discuss is Mac Collins for Congress,” he said. “But we normally get into some of the news going on around the world.”

11 comments

  1. RuralDem says:

    Here’s a good article from WMAZ

    http://wmaz.com/news/top_story.aspx?storyid=30606

    I especially like this portion:

    “Stanch Republican as he is, Goolsby says he’s still voting Democrat, for Collins’ opponent Jim Marshall.

    JIM GOOLSBY, WILL MEET PRESIDENT:
    “Jim’s a good friend of mine, and I’ve known him, well, prior to being the mayor, I know his wife, and I think Jim is a good candidate. If anybody could be a closet Republican, Jim could be.””

  2. Mojo says:

    I always thought that Burns had a better shot than Collins, but Burns is a loser already, rejected by the voters, so he has that cloud hanging over his head. All in all, I don’t expect Marshall or Barrow to be defeated this year, though Barrow is still a potential pickup for the GOP in ’08, as long as someone other than Max Burns runs.

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