About 250 people were expected to attend an Oklahoma City fundraiser Monday evening for Texas Gov. Rick Perry to support his bid for the presidency.
The event at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum was closed to reporters and no media availability was scheduled. Few details were released about the fundraiser, the second of the day for Perry in Oklahoma. A fundraising lunch was held in Tulsa.
Different levels of financial support were available for those attending the Monday evening fundraiser for Perry, who earlier this month announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
Earlier in Tulsa, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, formally endorsed Perry, who became governor of Texas in December 2000 when then-Gov. George W. Bush resigned to become president. Perry was elected to a full term as governor in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2010
Former University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer was among those helping with the Oklahoma City fundraiser for Perry.
“I've known Governor Perry for many, many years,” said Switzer, who coached the NFL's Dallas Cowboys from 1994-97.
Switzer said he held a fundraiser in his home for Perry a couple years ago.
Republican Gov. Mary Fallin was not planning to attend Monday evening's fundraiser, a spokesman said. She did not meet with him while he was in Oklahoma City.
Fallin did talk with Perry last week on the phone about his visit, said Alex Weintz, Fallin's communications director.
Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said he isn't impressed with Perry's record as Texas governor. He said the middle class in Texas is losing its security to tea party economics and that Perry is too far to the right to lead the country.