posted by July 14 at 13:45 PMon
Michelle Obama, undoubtedly not looking like this, will be in Seattle this Thursday to headline a fundraiser for Gov. Christine Gregoire.
Why? Well, you may remember that during the primary campaign, way back when we were tallying up superdelegates and prominent state surrogates, Gov. Gregoire broke with the two other top female elected officials in this state—Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell—and announced, ahead of our Democratic caucuses on Feb. 9, that she was endorsing Barack Obama.
It was a coup for Obama and smart politics for Gregoire. If her current rematch against Dino Rossi is going to be anywhere near as close as Gregoire vs. Rossi Round 1, then Gregoire will need to up her take of votes in liberal Seattle, and what better way to do that than by throwing her arms around the candidate Seattle was swooning for long before the rest of the country?
The huge Obama rally at Key Arena on the eve of our caucuses featured Gregoire prominently, it was undoubtedly the biggest political crowd our governor has ever spoken to in this city, she gave one of the best speeches I’ve seen her deliver, and the audience ate it up.
It also established an IOU with the Obama campaign, one they’re paying back—or beginning to pay back—this week. It may be too cynical to cast this as a purely financial transaction, but if you’re wondering how much Gregoire’s endorsement was worth to the Obama campaign the answer, so far, seems to be about $320,000.
That’s how much Michelle Obama will raise for Gregoire if the 1,600-person venue the campaign has reserved for Thursday is filled to capacity with people paying the required $200/head.