WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Democratic Party of Virginia’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner is one of the highest-profile state party fundraisers in America. Barack Obama headlined the dinner in 2007. Obama was joined in 2008 by presidential rival Hillary Clinton, whose husband Bill Clinton headlined it in 2009.
This year’s headliner? Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who will take the stage on March 20 in Richmond.
Here’s the pitch from the Virginia Democratic Party:
First elected in 2006, Senator Klobuchar has been described as “a rising star” by The Washington Post and Politico calls her “bring-down-the-house funny.” She has been a strong ally to President Obama and is a leader in the Senate in the areas of consumer-protection, law enforcement and veteran’s affairs.
Klobuchar has been in the Senate for just a hair over three years now, and the Washington Post’s Virginia Politics blog commented that the pick is “not exactly the same caliber of the past few years.” Maybe not, but this is a major feather in Klobuchar’s cap, and if she can “bring the funny,” as the Richmond Times-Dispatch expects her to, she’ll get even more of these invites going forward.