Apparently Vice President Joe Biden spent the night at the Claremont Resort and Spa, and is now doing a fundraiser in Oakland for the re-election campaign of Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton., according to Berkeleyside.
“The hotel was swarming with black-clad Secret Service officials. Cop cars from Berkeley and the Alameda County Sheriff’s office blocked the rear entrance and a mammoth mobile unit from Alameda County Bomb Squad stood sentry near the health club. Yet visitors were free to wander throughout the hotel grounds,” the local news blog reported.
The Hill notes that the National Republican Congressional Committee has been running ads against McNerney, but Biden’s visit spells the first big boost for him from national Democrats. After raising money for McNerney, Biden will travel today to Orange County, where he’ll do another event for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; tickets for that Laguna Beach fundraiser range from $500 to $10,000.