GOP fundraiser with Red Sox slugger Trot Nixon rescheduled

Posted by Patrick Gannon on January 30, 2014 

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WINSLOW TOWNSON — AP

A fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Woody White at the home of former Boston Red Sox slugger Trot Nixon has been snowed out and will be made up on Friday.

The event was scheduled for Thursday at the home of Kathryn and Trot Nixon in Landfall, a gated Wilmington community. "We expect a very large turnout and do not want to endanger our friends and supporters," White said in a news release from his campaign.

White, a Wilmington attorney and chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners, is running for Congress in the 7th Congressional District, which includes much of southeastern North Carolina. Former state Sen. David Rouzer of Johnston County is also running for the GOP nomination. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, a Lumberton Democrat who isn't seeking re-election.

The White campaign is billing the event, which has more than 150 host couples, as the "largest political fundraising event in New Hanover County history." The event is expected to raise between $145,000 and $160,000, according to the campaign.

Nixon, the former Major League Baseball player, attended New Hanover High School in Wilmington and now lives there. According to an invite, the event costs $250 per couple. Among the "hosts" are former state Sen. Patrick Ballantine, state Rep. Rick Catlin, former congressional candidate Ilario Pantano, former Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzer and state Sen. Thom Goolsby.

Nixon is a registered Republican in New Hanover County. White said his kids go to school with Nixon's kids but that he doesn't know the former player well. And White conceded that he probably wouldn't be the main attraction Friday.

"I am sure that most of (the attendees) are there to see the right fielder for the Boston Red Sox who won a World Series, but I will be happy to share a little bit of the spotlight," White said.

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