Senate candidate Mark Kirk once sought Sarah Palin’s endorsement in his GOP primary, but the congressman won’t be among the attendees when the former Alaska governor headlines an Illinois Republican Party fundraiser next month.
The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday Kirk’s campaign said House votes would keep him in Washington for the May 12 fundraiser in Rosemont. Tickets for the event are $500 a person, with a private roundtable with the former vice presidential nominee going for as much as $25,000.
Kirk’s campaign confirmed that he would not attend the fundraiser, but declined to comment further.
As he sought to bolster his conservative credentials in advance of his February primary, the moderate Kirk sought Palin’s endorsement late last year. While she ultimately remained neutral, Palin praised Kirk’s opposition to President Obama’s plans to move some Guantanamo detainees to a facility in Illinois.
Kirk, who held narrow leads over Giannoulias in recent polls, has been bolstered by news of the collapse of his Democratic opponent Alexi Giannoulias’s family bank.