Former Virginia governor Timothy M. Kaine (D) will head to Chicago this week to hold a pair of fundraisers for his Senate campaign, an event that will coincide with a meeting of major donors to President Obama’s reelection effort.
Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the two-day Obama meeting will include briefings from senior White House and campaign officials. Many of the donors who will attend know Kaine from his service as Democratic National Committee chairman, so he will be in the right place to raise cash for his own effort to succeed retiring Sen. James Webb (D-Va.).
Sweet reports that Kaine will hold a Thursday morning fundraiser at the East Bank Club and then another that evening at Smith & Wollensky in downtown Chicago, with several Obama bundlers serving on the host committee for Kaine’s latter event.
Kaine’s race, most likely against former senator George Allen (R), will be one of the most closely-watched of the cycle and also one of the most expensive. As of June 30, Kaine had a narrow cash edge over Allen after outraising the Republican in the second quarter of the year.