Paul Ryan will make his only fund-raising swing through New York City as the vice-presidential nominee on Monday, according to a series of invitations forwarded by a source.
Newt Gingrich hasn't had much success cutting into Mitt Romney's near-monopoly on New York donors, but for at least a moment there, he was having an effect.
"I know a lot [of donors] who got very squeamish about writing the checks for Mitt when the Newt rocket took off, and all of a sudden kind of froze and didn't write the checks—you know, wait and see," said Georgette Mosbacher, a prize fundraiser for Mitt Romney, in a phone interview on Thursday.
It's not a surprise that Mitt Romney, with his financial pedigree and centrist social policies, would clean up among New York's Republican donors, who are more likely to have ties to the financial industry and less likely to care about social issues than their counterparts in other parts of America. On Wednesday morning, inside a Hyatt ballroom in midtown, Romney showed off just how thoroughly he has dominated the local market, with a well-attended fund-raiser that boasted a who's who of local bundlers on its 88-person host committee.
But there's no such thing as a monopoly on New York money, and with just over two months until the Iowa caucuses, Rick Perry and Herman Cain are fighting over what's left.
Republican bundler Mosbacher says Romney is an easy sell now, because he's organized and 'not a crackpot'
Veteran G.O.P. bundler Georgette Mosbacher is finally feeling excited about 2012.
"It's fun now," she said in a phone interview on Tuesday evening. "It's getting exciting. This is the part where you really see that sun coming up. You can see over the horizon. We're starting to realize, this could be big for Republicans."
Mosbacher was particularly excited about a fund-raiser at Grand Hyatt in midtown this morning for Mitt Romney, for which, she said, she had succeeded in raising a lot of money with surprising ease.
With Governor Chris Christie confirming that he won't seek the presidency, some big-name donors are finally ready to commit themselves to Mitt Romney.
"A lot of us who normally would have been in this presidential race a long time ago, have been waiting for Christie to make a decision," said Georgette Mosbacher, a Republican uber-fund-raiser and finance co-chair of the Republican National Committee who was among a group of Republican bundlers hoping to convince Christie to enter the race. "I think tomorrow, we’ll be contacting one another and probably put something together with Romney."
Strange as it may seem, what with his thick Texas accent, and his decidedly red-state rhetoric, New York Republicans are looking hard that most un-New York presidential candidate, Rick Perry.
“I’m supporting him because we need a sweeping change in Washington culture,” said David Malpass, a former Treasury official under Ronald Reagan and founder of GROW PAC. “I met with him in June and liked what I saw.”
G.O.P. donors in New York, until recently the home of late-stage Rockefeller Republicanism, had remained largely aloof from the early presidential field, having found nothing in common with the cultural conservatism of Michele Bachmann, but little to get excited about in the less-radical propositions of Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty.