Break out the fine china: A member of GOP royalty is coming to Maine.
Andy Card, the former White House Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, will headline a fundraiser dinner at the home of a Naples couple July 15.
Card is the featured guest of Don and Nancy Vose, who along with Maine GOP party chairman Rick Bennett, will welcome Card for a $50-per-head reception.
For Card, who was born in Massachusetts, the fundraising visit is only a minor detour from his vacation home in nearby Poland, where the Card family owns a pair of lake-front properties.
His visit is the second time so far this election season that a big-time GOP name from out of state has swooped in to boost the fundraising efforts of Maine politicians. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is also head of the Republican Governors Association, stumped for Gov. Paul LePage in Portland in May.
Before he became the longest-serving White House Chief of Staff in 50 years, Card's service to Republican presidents began in the administration of Ronald Reagan, and continued under George H. W. Bush, when he was appointed Secretary of Transportation.
Card most recently served as a Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.