Well, this explains why McCain is stopping at the AG Spanos Jet Center in Stockton on Thursday and it’s probably not just because he’s holding a public campaign rally, which I blogged about yesterday.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Central Valley developers and bigwigs Faye and Alex Spanos are hosting a fund-raiser cocktail reception for McCain at the Spanos’ Stockton home Thursday night.
The governor is apparently hanging with McCain a good part of the day in the pair’s first appearance together since Schwarzenegger endorsed the Arizona senator’s presidential bid. My colleague Mary Anne Ostrom reports in the San Jose Mercury News that the duo will appear Thursday morning in Silicon Valley with tech leaders and attend a fundraiser at the home of retired eBay CEO Meg Whitman.
Want to see McCain up close? It’ll cost you. The cheap seats at the Spanos fund-raiser are $1,000 a person or for $2,300, you’ll get a McCain 2008 lapel pin. Raise $10,000 or more for the candidate and you’ll get photos with McCain, too.
Other dignitaries listed as co-chairs or members of the host committee for the Stockton reception include Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, developer Gerry Kamilos, former Congressman Richard Pombo and Dean Andal, a former state Board of Equalization member running for Congress. (Andal is running in Pombo’s old seat against Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton. Pombo lost his re-election in the anti-GOP wave of 2006.)