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Inmate Gets Invite From GOP

June 4, 2002

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CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Republican Party mistakenly invited an Ohio prison inmate to a $2,500-a-plate fund-raising dinner with President Bush.

The invitation, complete with a letter from Vice President Dick Cheney, was sent to Robert Kirkpatrick at the Belmont Correctional Institution in eastern Ohio.

The letter asked Kirkpatrick to ``join the president and Mrs. Bush for a private dinner here in Washington, D.C.″ on June 19.

Kirkpatrick, 35, was sentenced last year in Canton to nearly three years for drug possession and escape.

``I’m going to tell him that I’d be happy to attend, but he’s going to have to pull some strings to get me there,″ Kirkpatrick said.

Spokesman Carl Forti of the National Republican Congressional Committee acknowledged Monday that the mailing was a mistake.

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