Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is again hitting the campaign trail to help Pat McCrory's campaign for governor. Just leave the press badges, cameras and questions at the door if you want to attend the Asheville fundraising event on Thursday.
A previously scheduled press conference has been scrubbed and that reporters will have no chance to ask questions of Bush or McCrory, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
McCrory has recently been pressed by liberal opponents for not releasing his tax returns; Progress North Carolina Action plans to fly its plane with a banner reading “Who Pays McCrory.com” over the hotel on Thursday.
“We hoped to have enough time for an availability but had to adjust the schedule due to time commitments before the event and immediately after,” McCrory spokesman Ricky Diaz told the Citizen-Times.
The fundraiser is hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Biltmore Village by the Women for McCrory Coalition. The cost is between $35 and $500 a plate to attend.
UPDATE: Brian Nick, a campaign strategist, said the entire Asheville campaign event will be open to the news media and that McCrory and Bush will be spending a large portion of the time taking questions from the audience. He said that is typical of the McCrory events organized by women supporters that have been held around the state.
He said the press event was scrubbed because McCrory was going to a radio station for an interview and would not have time for press event.