Bill Clinton is coming to town tomorrow

bill_clinton.jpgFormer President Bill Clinton will headline a cocktail reception tomorrow night at the Rotunda Building in downtown Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza to raise funds for the presidential campaign of his wife, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY. It’s $500 a head, or $2,300 to get into the VIP reception starting half an hour before the 7 p.m. main event.

The event’s co-chairs include Clear Channel Outdoor executive and noted Democratic politico Michael Colbruno; Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums; attorney Kenneth Katzoff; state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland; Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Oakland; and developer Phil Tagami.

And among the hosts for the evening are Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente; Oakland City Councilwoman Jean Quan; Unity Council CEO Gilda Gonzales; Oakland Unified School District board vice president Kerry Hamill; and others. See the whole skinny here.

Surely they’re hoping the money they raise will help turn around what’s been a not-so-hot week for the candidate, what with a debate performance on Tuesday night that seemed less than stellar.

Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic party chairman and longtime friend of the Clintons who now is Hillary Clinton’s national campaign chair, told me a few weeks ago that Bill Clinton has an extensive travel schedule set for this fourth quarter, raising funds on his wife’s behalf. “Every day he’s doing something for us,” McAuliffe said, calling the former president “probably the most popular man in the world today.”

UPDATE @ 12:55 P.M. THURSDAY: The Sacramento Bee today reports that voters in California strongly believe former President Bill Clinton should play an active role in his wife’s bid for the White House and also think he would be an asset in a Hillary Clinton administration, a new Field Poll revealed Wednesday. But the poll of 579 registered voters conducted Oct. 11-21 found comparatively lukewarm views on the Democratic Party front-runner herself.

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.

  • Vivian

    well worth seeing from what I heard. In Vancouver tickets were $3hundred something.

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