For 20 years, Bill Bolling — former Virginia Lieutenant Governor, state Senator, and Hanover County supervisor — has gathered with friends and supporters in June near the date of his birthday on the 15th for Burgers with Bill, a casual cookout fundraiser. This year was the 20th anniversary of that event and it was an invitation-only evening in Richmond, compliments of Bolling’s Mainstream Virginia Project. With temperatures soaring into the 90s, it was literally the hottest ticket in town with hundreds in attendance.
Two special guests were part of the birthday festivities. Former Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney joined his long-time friend who served as Virginia state chairman of his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
Also joining them was Virginia U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie, which was another reunion. In the 2012 election night opening scene of the documentary movie “Mitt” that had cameras following Mitt Romney and his family during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, there was a familiar face: Ed Gillespie. He was a senior adviser to Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign. On June 17, Ed joined Mitt who joined Bill.
And another guest was there who proved very popular: Governor Bob McDonnell. Standing to the side, he was swamped by those who expressed support for this very popular governor currently under questionable federal indictments.
It was a fun evening with friends and allies, a great opportunity to meet Governor Romney, and a wonderful opportunity to see the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and our U.S. Senate candidate. If you missed it, here are the photos posted after the event.
Burgers with Bill….