Jul 12, 2012 10:46 AM by Breanna Roy - MTN News
HAMILTON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in Montana for a private fundraiser on Wednesday tonight at the Marcus Daly Mansion.
Just three days after an event in the Hampton's, Romney visits Montana and his guests will dine with the beautiful Bitterroot's as their backdrop.
The mansion brought out its best and started setting up early for Romney's fundraiser, an event with a price tag: $2,500 to attend, and $25,000 per dinner plate.
A couple of miles away on Hamilton's main street, you wouldn't know the difference.
"I can't believe he's coming to Hamilton, Montana," said resident Nichole Pool with a laugh. "I can't believe he's coming to Montana."
But the Ravalli County Sheriff's Department is definitely on the alert, with extra staff on patrol according to Sheriff Chris Hoffman.
"Certainly Mr. Romney is a little bit higher-profile than some visitors we get, but we're used to dealing with visiting dignitaries and providing assistance for their security when they're in our community," Hoffman said. "None of the requests made by the Secret Service have been over-the-top or outside our ability to provide."
Things remain quiet on Main Street, said Rivers Rising coffee barista Meghan Kahnle. "As far as I know, it's pretty much business as usual here. We're pretty busy as normal."
It's hard to say whether the visit will have any impact on the average Joe's. Two teen boys we talked to on the street said they didn't know about Romney's visit. "I don't think, just ‘cause he's here, I'm gonna vote for him," said one, though he laughed and agreed he's too young to vote anyway.