Skip to comments.Dem hopefuls rush Bay Area - Obama leads parade of candidates seeking to hit up local donors
Posted on 02/01/2007 12:38:40 PM PST by SmithL
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama -- showing strength as a leading attraction in the 2008 Democratic presidential parade -- hits California this month to star at two major San Francisco fundraisers for one of the nation's most liberal senators, Barbara Boxer.
The two Feb. 19 appearances by Obama for Boxer, D-Calif., and a separate, exclusive Atherton event to introduce Obama to top Silicon Valley decisionmakers come within days of California visits by a string of big-name Democratic presidential candidates searching for campaign cash.
Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is expected in the Bay Area on Feb. 15, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to be the headliner Feb. 23 at a San Francisco fundraiser organized by Democratic donor Susie Tompkins.
Obama, Edwards and Clinton are among at least eight Democrats who have announced plans to run for their party's 2008 presidential nomination.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean also has a Bay Area party fundraiser planned for Feb. 16.
"We are so excited Barack is coming,'' Boxer said Wednesday from her office in Washington, regarding the fundraisers in San Francisco for her 2010 Senate campaign. She stressed that she has not made an endorsement in the 2008 presidential race and is hoping for fundraising visits from other potential candidates, including Clinton.
Boxer said the events with Obama will dramatically boost her campaign fund for 2010 -- when Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has hinted he might challenge her.
"I'm lifting weights,'' she joked when asked about her preparation for such a race. "I'm up to 6 pounds.''
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Did someone say "Bay Area Parade?"
So what do they do at the Bay Area meet and greets ? Press the flesh or pack the fudge ?
For a bunch who claim to care so much about the "little guy" and "the working poor" and all that guff, these people spend a heck of a lot more time with the super-rich - and so many of them are super-rich themselves. I do believe they view politics largely as a scam to fill their own pockets.
That one dude looks like Stallone.
What great timing for the Mayor of San Francisco to take the attention away from him and his problems.
This article should be paired with the Newsome--trist article for a good sequence of reading.