Michael Steele and Rob Simmons, Raising Money in Connecticut

Former Congressman Rob Simmons isn't supposed to be running for Senate anymore, having suspended his campaign following a state-convention defeat to former WWE CEO Linda McMahon. Yet, his name will still appear on the ballot, and there's at least a degree of suspicion that he is still running, raised by McMahon recently in an interview with Hotline OnCall. This will surely feed that speculation: TheDay's Ted Mann is reporting that RNC Chairman Michael Steele will appear at a party fundraiser co-hosted by Simmons in Connecticut:

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will be the guest of honor Thursday evening at a party fundraiser at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank.

And helping out with the event will be former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, who lives in nearby Stonington and remains on the party's primary ballot for the U.S. Senate, despite having halted his campaign after losing out on the party endorsement to former WWE CEO Linda McMahon.

Reached on his cell phone on Wednesday afternoon, Simmons was upbeat, and said he'd been happy to "volunteer to assist in bringing some folks to the event. It's practically in my backyard."

Read the full story at The Day. 

UPDATE: McMahon will attend the fundraiser.