Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hillary Clinton Keeps Anthony Brown Fundraiser On The Books

She’s sending Bill Clinton to Potomac, Md., instead. The Maryland Democratic could be a powerful ally for the Clintons in two years.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

Hillary Clinton canceled two other fundraisers in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to spend more time with her new granddaughter, Charlotte — but she's keeping one on the books, sending her husband Bill Clinton in her stead.

The event is a fundraiser Tuesday night for Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who is running for governor this year. Should he win, Brown would be the only black governor in the country next year, and the third ever elected to that post in U.S. history. He is running to replace Martin O'Malley, who is considering a run for president, possibly up against Hillary Clinton in a Democratic primary.

Brown's campaign announced the switch to the Baltimore Sun on Tuesday.

The former secretary of state canceled two other appearances in Washington, an appearance at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and a fundraiser for Lou D'Allesandro, the longtime New Hampshire state senator. "Baby came, family first," D'Allesandro told CNN, explaining why the fundraiser was canceled.

That Clinton did not cancel the Brown fundraiser — and sent her husband to headline the fundraiser instead — indicates the extent to which the Clintons consider Brown a key candidate, and powerful partner moving forward.

She attended two scheduled fundraisers on Monday in New York City, one for Kathleen Rice, the Democratic candidate running to replace Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, and another for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

O'Malley is expected to appear alongside the 42nd president at the fundraiser. The Maryland governor said last week he would take a break from traveling — he is scheduled to be on the road on behalf of Democratic candidates just about every weekend until Election Day this November — to help Brown's campaign.

Bill Clinton also hosted a fundraiser for Brown in May. The event raised $1 million. Tuesday's fundraiser will take place at 5 p.m. in Potomac, Md., at a private estate in the Washington suburb. Tickets cost $4,000 each, with VIP tickets priced higher.

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