Pres. Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be in Minneapolis Saturday Oct. 23 to raise funds for Dem candidates for the U.S. House. The funds will not benefit Mark Dayton for governor and may not even help Dem congressional candidates such as Tarryl Clark.
The fact that Obama and Pelosi would be coming here has been rumored for a few weeks, but some details of the visit are now known. The event will be a dinner at the Van Dusen Mansion, 1900 LaSalle, Minneapolis.DFL rainmakers Lou and Carol Frillman will be the hosts, or at least they have signed the save-the-date email that is circulating to likely suspects.
The funds raised will be for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the party organ that raises funds for the overall effort to win House races for Democrats. The funds will be deployed wherever the DCCC’s leadership thinks they will do the most good, not necessarily for Minnesota races. In fact, considering that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is currently running ads trying to tie her challenge, Clark, to Pelosi, an appearance here by Pelosi would not necessarily be a political favor to Clark.
It’s not clear yet whether Pres. Obama might do a public event while he is in town.