Vice President Mike Pence is set to swoop into Boston on Tuesday afternoon to headline a high-dollar fund-raiser to benefit President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee.
Pence will arrive at Logan International Airport on Air Force Two Tuesday afternoon before heading to the swanky Langham Hotel for the 5:30 p.m. Trump Victory Committee fund-raiser, officials said.
An invitation for the event asks for $35,000 per couple for a “Roundtable and Photo Opportunity.”
The invitation indicates RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel Romney, national finance chairman Todd Ricketts, and state finance chair Chris Vincze are hosting the soirée at the downtown hotel.
One person who won’t be seeing Pence during what appears to be his first visit to Massachusetts as vice president: Governor Charlie Baker.
Baker, a Republican who often keeps the Trump White House at a metaphorical distance, said he’s going to be far away from Boston while Pence is there.
“I think I’m actually going to be in the South Coast, down in New Bedford, when he’s here,” Baker told reporters.
Asked whether he was trying to send a message by avoiding the fund-raiser, Baker said no.
“I’m not sending a message,” the governor said at the State House Monday afternoon. “I’m just not going to be here because my calendar already had all kinds of other stuff on it which was important.”
Baker, who is up for reelection this year, said he did not know whether he had been invited to the event.
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