Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will headline the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual fundraiser later this month, likely fueling speculation that he’s laying the groundwork for a presidential run in 2024.
Pompeo will be headlining the Silver Elephant fundraising gala on July 30, South Carolina GOP Chair Drew McKissick announced in a statement. The appearance will take place at one of the South Carolina GOP’s highest-profile events in a state that holds outsized influence in presidential primaries given its early slot in the nominating calendar.
“Secretary Pompeo is an excellent champion for our conservative cause, and has proven that here at home and on the world stage,” said McKissick. “We look forward to welcoming him to the Palmetto State, hearing his story, and celebrating past and future Republican successes.”
Pompeo, who helmed the State Department and the CIA during the Trump administration, has widely been viewed as a potential contender in 2024. Since leaving office, he’s looked to maintain his high profile in GOP circles, including by launching a political group in June to boost Republicans in the midterms.
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