Ann Romney, the wife of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has received a belated birthday present from Donald Trump and his family. The real estate mogul threw a birthday luncheon at his primary residence.
On Monday, Ann Romney, the former First Lady of Massachusetts, turned 63 years old. She has captured headlines over the past couple of weeks over controversial remarks made about her by a Democratic advisor and statements she made about a dog her family had years ago.
Once again, the mother of five children is in the media spotlight. Donald Trump, the multi-billionaire who endorsed Mitt Romney at a Las Vegas media event in February, threw a tremendous birthday fundraising campaign event during a luncheon at Trump’s primary residence in New York City’s 5th avenue.
The fundraising event has already garnered $600,000 for the Romney presidential campaign. Originally, it was only supposed to hold 200 people, but when the maximum capacity was filled within 48 hours, it extended the number of invitations to 400 people. Tickets for the fundraiser cost $1,000 per person.
Due to the large number of people, there were two shifts of attendees: the first 200 people were at the event from noon to 1:15 p.m. and the second shift was in the 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. timeslot.
An image of a birthday cake designed by celebrity chef Buddy Valastro is already making the rounds on the Internet. The cake is topped with a sugar coated Ann Romney sitting on top of a horse on a field of green frosting.
Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a media event.
Michael Cohen, a spokesperson for Trump, told CBS News that the Romney camp has asked Trump to hold a similar event for the former Massachusetts Governor if he secures the GOP nomination. Cohen believes tickets will sell for $50,000 per plate and well over 50 individuals have already expressed interest.
During a news conference in Toronto Monday, Trump told reporters that he thinks Romney would do a great job as president.
“I decided Mitt’s going to be great and he’s doing a great job,” said Trump to a phalanx of reporters in the Grand Ballroom. “I think he’s going to do very nicely and he’s leading in the polls.”
First Lady Michelle Obama was also in the fundraising mood when she raised cash during a Democratic National Committee event in Nashville and two DNC fundraisers in Pittsburgh. Romney was also in Pittsburgh Tuesday to hold a midday campaign roundtable at a community center, according to CNN.
On Wednesday morning, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announced that he will be endorsing Romney for president. His support comes one day after Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell both endorsed Romney.
“Mitt Romney has earned our party’s nomination and now deserves the support of every American still committed to government that serves the people rather than rules over them,” said Daniels, who was believed to run for president this year, in a statement released by the Romney campaign. “I’ll do whatever I’m asked to help him.”