Mitt Romney Speaks at Fundraiser in Midland

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Republican Candidate Mitt Romney was in Midland for a private fundraising event at the Petroleum Club in downtown Midland.

Mitt Romney was escorted into the Petroleum Club around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night for the fundraising event.

He flew into Midland from another event that was held on Tuesday in Houston.

The event was closed to the public and to the media.

We're told that if you wanted to attend the reception, you would have had to fork over thousands of dollars.

To attend just the reception the cost was $2,500. If you wanted a photo with the former governor, that came with a $10,000 price tag.

NewsWest 9 met up the Immediate Past President of the Midland County Republican Women's Group and she believes the former Governor's support towards the energy industry makes Midland a prime target to hit on his campaign trail.

"If elected, I believe that Mitt Romney would definitely be able to help the Permian Basin as far the private industries here and the oil industry as well and not have all the EPA stipulations that are squashing the small businesses," Linda Hagler, the Immediate Past President of the Midland County Republican Women's Group, said.

After the reception at the Petroleum Club, the Governor was escorted to a dinner at a Midland home. The cost to attend that dinner was $50,000 per couple.

NewsWest 9 had heard that his campaign staff was trying to arrange a public rally but they could not pull it off with the limited amount of time that he has in Midland.

NewsWest 9 spoke with Chris McCormick, a prominent member of the Midland County Democratic Party, about Romney's visit and he said that he thought it was depressing and unfortunate that the former Governor was unable to make time to meet with the general public and ordinary followers who could not afford the high-dollar amount of Tuesday night's event.

The last time Mitt Romney was in Midland was back in 2008 when he was running for the Republican nomination but he lost to John McCain.