McAuliffe, Lehane & Lockyer in Oakland Saturday

mcauliffe.jpgHillary Clinton presidential campaign chairman Terry McAuliffeDemocratic National Committee chairman from 2001 to 2005 and a noted FOB whom Al Gore once called “the greatest fund-raiser in the history of the universe” — will join state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Democratic strategist Chris Lehane in headlining the 37th Annual Alameda County Democratic Unity Dinner tomorrow night (Saturday, Oct. 13) at the Oakland Airport Hilton; state Democratic Party chairman Art Torres will emcee.

Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., all for the sum of $75 per person, $125 per patron or $750 per table in advance, though a few $85 door tickets will be in play, too; “unity” means “war chest.”

Lockyer, being from Hayward, is a fixture at Alameda County events, but McAuliffe ranks among the national party’s most effective fundraising heavy hitters. CNN has reported McAuliffe once wrestled a 280-pound alligator to collect $15,000 from Florida’s Seminole Indian tribe. Now he’s heading up a campaign for a candidate who at present is well ahead in the money race and in the polls.

lehane.jpgAnd San Francisco-based Lehane — who helped the Clinton White House spin the Whitewater investigation, spoke for Al Gore on the 2000 presidential campaign trail and advised former Gov. Gray Davis during the 2001 energy crisis and 2002 gubernatorial campaign — with partner Mark Fabiani earned the sobriquet “Masters of Disaster” for an uncanny ability to spin public opinion even in the face of political crises, often by digging up dirt on embattled clients’ critics.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.