Gov. McDonnnell will join Romney at Virginia event next week

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) plans to join Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at an event in Virginia next week, according to the governor's office.

Virginia's Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling will also attend what the governor's weekly schedule called a "grassroots event" at the Fairfax County Republican Committee Headquarters in Northern Virginia.

Romney's campaigin will swing through Virginia next week, starting with a fundraising event in McLean on Tuesday evening. Virginia is a likely swing state in 2012.

Bolling has already indicated his support of Romney, but McDonnell said earlier this week that he won't endorse a Republican candidate until at least after Virginia's legislative elections this November. McDonnell has previously welcomed the field of GOP candidates to visit Virginia, and McDonnell maintains a long-running, friendly relationship with Romney-rival Rick Perry. 

McDonnell served as Perry's vice chair when Perry was chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Perry stepped down from the position after he announced his run for the Republican presidential nomination.