And now, bummer of all bummers, their annual fundraising retreat at the four-star Homestead resort is over.
About 300 people attended, including about 60 of the 68-member GOP caucus. Lobbyists, spouses and other guests tagged along, and Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) addressed the group Monday night.
We caught up with House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) as he was leaving Tuesday.
“It was very successful,” he said. “The weather was great, the mood was great.”
Great, however, did not describe our cell phone connection as Howell drove away from the mountain resort. It wasn’t clear if he’d said “mood” or “food.” Which was it?
“Mood and food,” he said with a laugh.
This was the seventh annual fundraiser at the luxe Hot Springs getaway, which Democrats also use to raise dough.
Republicans took in about $500,000 there last year. Howell said this year’s haul had not been tallied yet, but one Republican said it was expected to top last year’s.