Rick Perry swings through town Friday and is scheduled to meet with about 60 Washington insiders from the lobbying and trade association worlds. The afternoon event brings together Perry supporters and fence sitters to hear from the Texas governor as he continues to build inside-the-Beltway support for his presidential campaign, according to sources familiar with the meeting.
The hour-long meeting at the offices of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors is not a fundraiser, though the group's president, Dirk Van Dongen, is a prominent Perry backer. The event is expected to be policy heavy with the presumption that Perry will give a sneak peek of his economic program, which he is scheduled to roll out in a Tuesday speech.
"Perry is not well known in Washington," a Perry supporter said, "and obviously it's important that he get to know a lot of the key players in the city and they get the opportunity to take the measure of the man and spend some time with him."