Vice President Mike Pence will speak at a fundraiser for Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13.
Pence will join Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, both of Texas, at the event, The Texas Tribune first reported. A $1,000 ticket grants entry into a general reception at the Willard Hotel; a private dinner with Abbott at former U.S. Ambassador C. Boyden Gray’s home costs $50,000.
“Governor Abbott is honored and grateful to have the support of Vice President Pence,” Abbott’s spokesman John Wittman said.
Abbott has more than $40 million in his campaign coffers and hasn’t yet drawn a formidable Democratic opponent.
Jeffrey Payne, a Dallas businessman, and Tom Wakely, who runs a hospice for military veterans in San Antonio, are running for the Democratic nomination. Payne is a political newcomer and Wakely lost to U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, last year.
Andrew White, son of former Gov. Mark White, is exploring a Democratic bid.