Rick Perry will try and revive his flagging campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in New York Friday at a reception and luncheon in the Waldorf Astoria.
The Texas governor will be speaking and hobnobbing with donors from the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to the families of federal, state, and local officers who are killed in action, taken seriously ill, or suffer due to a natural disaster.
Perry made a splash last time he visited New York, riding high poll numbers a few weeks after he announced his presidential run in August: events here, in Texas, and California saw him report first-quarter totals of $17m up to Sept. 30th, outgrossing his Republican rivals. His time in the city saw him host grandees like former AIG chief Maurice “Hank” Greenberg and real estate tycoon Arthur Zeckendorf, as well as major donors to George W. Bush’s two campaigns, tech sector investors, and conservative Jews. The latter may well be none too pleased at his recent pledge that aid to Israel would “start at zero” under a Perry presidency – a claim his campaign has been eager to play down.
Since then, however, his campaign has badly nose-dived following poor debate performances – including his now-infamous failure to remember which federal agency he wanted to eliminate – and a speech in New Hampshire he appeared to be giving drunk. Perry has attempted to retaliate with $1 million of national ad time on Fox News and a slew of talk show appearances.
The Waldorf talk is Perry’s only scheduled appearance this week outside the key battleground states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
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