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Romney to headline Cuccinelli fund-raiser

RICHMOND — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will headline a private fund-raising reception in McLean Wednesday for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, the GOP candidate for governor.

The former Massachusetts governor will appear at a lunchtime event at Fleming’s Steakhouse. Cuccinelli’s campaign confirmed the reception but declined to provide details, including the cost to attend.

The attorney general faces former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R).

“Ken is grateful to have Governor Romney’s support,” Cuccinelli spokesman Richard Cullen said via email. “He’s looking forward to sharing ideas with the governor on how to grow Virginia’s economy and implement his plan to create 58,000 jobs.”

While campaigning for president in August 2012, Romney seemed to endorse the man then battling Cuccinelli’s for the GOP gubernatorial nomination: Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who was Romney’s state campaign chairman that year and in 2008.

At a rally in Ashland, Romney referred to Bolling as “the next governor of Virginia.” But he walked those comments back a short time later, apparently after being reminded that Bolling had an opponent for the nomination: Cuccinelli.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.

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