Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Republican presidential candidate. (RICHARD SHIRO/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Perry, who just stepped down as head of the Republican Governors Association, will be joined by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who succeeded him at the RGA, at the Sept. 14 event at the convention center in Richmond. Perry is among those GOP hopefuls seeking McDonnell’s endorsement.

The invitation asks for contributions of up to $10,000.

Republicans officials asked Perry to appear before he announced his candidacy for president this month.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Governor Perry will be with us for this event,” said Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. “Governor Perry’s record in Texas of lower taxes, limited government, and job growth looks familiar to anyone who pays attention to Virginia politics. Like our own Governor Bob McDonnell, Gov. Perry has balanced his state’s budget by making prudent decisions, rather than treating taxpayers like an ATM.”

Update, 4:45 p.m.: The Democratic party immediately criticized the decision to ask Petty to attend the event. “It’s troubling that while Virginia families are struggling to make ends meet, Governor McDonnell would align himself with an extreme tea party presidential candidate who recently referred to Social Security as a Ponzi scheme,” said David Mills, executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia.