Prez comes to town: GOP candidates split

President George W. Bush came to town for a fundraiser for GOP candidates but some of the GOP candidates decided they needed to be elsewhere.

Reports Ken Herman on Cox News Blog:

When President Bush showed up at a Baltimore-Washington International Airport hotel Wednesday night for a fundraiser for the Maryland GOP he found that the party’s top-of-the-ticket candidate already had boarded a plane and left town.

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, the party’s U.S. Senate candidate, joined the list of Republicans who had to be somewhere else when Bush came to town to raise money for the GOP.

Steele, instead, was at a fundraising event in Las Vegas.

Nothing personal, Steele spokesman Doug Heye told the local Balitmore Sun. The candidate had a “long-standing previous commitment” to attend the Vegas event at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

The Baltimore event raised $1 million for the Maryland GOP, which will use the money for all of its candidates.