First lady will campaign for McAuliffe

First Lady Michelle Obama is headed to Tysons Corner to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe onThursday.

McAuliffe announced the first lady’s visit in an e-mail to supporters on Monday. The master fundraiser has turned the event into a money-making opportunity for the campaign. Tickets for the event are $100. Donors who give at least $5 will be entered into a contest to attend the meet and greet.

“Michelle is taking the time to support this campaign because the stakes couldn’t be higher for Virginians who need a Governor to put jobs first instead of pushing a divisive social agenda,” the e-mail reads. “And she’s committed to protecting the progress Democrats made here last year electing Senator Kaine and reelecting her husband. Michelle’s doing her part to make sure we keep Virginia blue. Will you do yours?”

McAuliffe, a businessman and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has already tapped President Bill Clinton as a donor. McAuliffe also promoted Obama’s visit on his campaign Facebook page.

Further details on the first lady’s visit were not immediately available on Thursday.

Errin Whack covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post, including the commonwealth’s General Assembly and the 2013 gubernatorial race.
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