Newt Gingrich’s very bumpy road to the White House takes him to Maryland Thursday night for a state GOP fundraising dinner that party leaders expect to draw about 300 people.

The presidential hopeful, whose staff has defected en masse, is still scheduled to appear at the party’s Red, White and Blue dinner, where he was booked as the “featured guest” before his troubles began.

“We’re excited to have any presidential candidate speak at our annual dinner as part of our larger effort to introduce the national candidates to Maryland voters,” said Kim Jorns, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party. “With our state ranking last in the nation for job creation, I think Marylanders will think twice about voting for four more years of Obama’s failed economic policies, and (the party) is thrilled to provide a platform for our national candidates to explain how they’ll turn our state and country around.”

Gingrich’s campaign confirmed Tuesday that its top fundraisers had left. Sixteen staff members and advisers walked out earlier this month. And the former House speaker has also been battling reports of a second line of credit at jeweler Tiffany’s worth up to $1 million.

Tickets to the Maryland GOP dinner, being held at a hotel near Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, start at $200.