In a move certain to stoke further speculation that he is seriously weighing a bid for the presidency, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will speak at a Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting in March, the group announced in an email to members Monday.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Ambassador John Bolton, two other potential Republican presidential contenders, are also slated to speak during the three-day meeting in Las Vegas. The RJC is a highly influential group led by the Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, who bankrolled Newt Gingrich's 2012 campaign for president before turning his support -- and checkbook -- to Mitt Romney during the general election.
As Kasich prepares for a re-election bid in home this year, his RJC speaking slot signals that he will also be looking to build his profile among Republicans nationwide. Kasich also let slip earlier this month that he is working on a new book, his fourth.
Kasich sought the Republican nomination in 1999, when he was a member of Congress, before ending his campaign after six months. But he left the door open to another presidential bid, saying in his concession speech that the conclusion he reached was: "Don't go away. Don't give it up. This just isn't your time."