donovanAs ex-Rep. Michael Grimm seeks a return to Congress, state Republican Committee Chairman Ed Cox is appearing on Thursday with Rep. Dan Donovan.

The event is billed as “cocktails and conversation” according to an invitation released by the state Republican Committee this week.

In addition to Cox’s appearance, the event also includes the state committee’s finance director, Ore Jacinto.

Grimm, who left Congress in 2015 after pleading guilty to fraud and tax evasion charges.

Now seeking a political comeback, he’s hired political consultant Michael Caputo, who has ties to President Donald Trump’s political circle. Underscoring the outsider status Grimm is seeking to convey in his campaign, Caputo on Wednesday tweeted a photo of Grimm with former Trump White House aide Steve Bannon.