Former President Donald Trump will be the headliner at a fundraising event the New York State Republican Party will be hosting on August 5.
In an email, the New York Republican Committee has started to quietly invite supporters to attend this “special evening” at the Briarcliff Manor in Westchester, and meet the former President in person.
The priciest tickets are going for $25,000 per couple. This will get supporters a place at a roundtable, a photo with Trump and seats at the reception.
The next ticket down is $5,000 per couple for a spot at the reception and a photo with the 45th president.
And a $1,000 ticket will get a supporter just a spot at the reception.
The invitations state that this fundraiser was not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee, and is being paid for by the New York Republican State Committee.
However, this fundraiser announcement comes shortly after Republican county chairs from around the state chose New York Congressman Lee Zeldin in a landslide vote as the “presumed Republican nominee” running for governor next year.
Zeldin has made attempts in recent months to distance himself slightly from the former president, yet, try as he might, Zeldin did vote against certifying the presidential election and was one of Trump’s most vocal advocates during his impeachment trials.
Political strategists note that for a state like New York, where registered Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by more than two to one, a Republican needs to appeal to both sides of the aisle in order to win a statewide office.
In the meantime, Andrew Guiliani, who is also running for governor and has made it clear he intends to take his campaign to a primary, is not shy about his ties to the former president.
Guiliani was spotted playing a round of golf with Trump on Thursday at Bedminister.
In April, Guiliani told Spectrum News 1, “I love President Trump. He is a good friend of mine, and I will never run away from that. One thing that New Yorkers will learn about me is I'm genuine and I'm not going to say something just to get elected, or just to get votes. I want to help New York and that's the reason why I'm doing this. I will continue to seek President Trump's counsel, both personally and professionally. I always consider him to be like an uncle to me.”
Whoever the Republicans push out front in the race for New York governor could very well be facing Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has a massive campaign war chest for his re-election bid.
Campaign filings in January showed the governor raised more than $4 million during the last six months of 2020. At the time, Cuomo also had $16.8 million in cash on hand.
A spokesperson for the state Republican Party declined to comment at this time.