Perry to hold fundraiser near Obama's hometown

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will hold a fundraiser outside of Chicago, President Obama's hometown, Crain's Chicago Business reports.

The fundraiser's host is controversial Illinois social conservative Jack Roeser, who said in 2010, "There is a solid rumor that [now-Illinois GOP Sen.] Mark Kirk is a homosexual," a comment that was used by one of Kirk's opponents in an attack ad. Kirk's campaign and the head of the Illinois Republican Party both decried that ad.

Roeser also ran against incumbent Gov. Jim Edgar (R-Ill.) in 1994, and garnered a quarter of the vote.

Perry has been focused on catching up to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) millions — top Perry adviser Dave Carney told The Hill last week that "fundraising is one of the priorites" the campaign is focusing on right now.

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