Former President Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser Tuesday in New Haven for the state Democratic Party in an effort to help Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as he seeks reelection this fall.
Clinton’s visit to the Omni Hotel in New Haven at 11:30 a.m. was confirmed by Malloy’s campaign and announced by the Democratic Party. The Omni, which employs union workers, is a favorite gathering spot among Democrats.
Since Malloy is participating in public financing in the governor’s race, Clinton will be raising money for the Democratic Party instead of directly for the campaign’s account. Tickets cost $50 per person.
Members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation are expected to attend the fundraiser, and the invitation features U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy. Blumenthal is a longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton as they are all graduates of Yale Law School in New Haven.
“Let’s show everyone that Connecticut grassroots Democrats are fired up and ready to win in November!” says an email from state party executive director Jonathan Harris. “We need your help electing Democrats this November.”
Malloy is seeking reelection in a three-way race against Republican Tom Foley and petitioning candidate Joseph Visconti of West Hartford, who collected the necessary 7,500 signatures of registered voters to gain a spot on the November ballot.
Both Malloy and Foley are bringing national figures to Connecticut to raise money and gain attention for their campaigns. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has been mentioned often as a candidate for president, raised money for the state Republican Party at a recent fundraiser in Greenwich’s Belle Haven section and appeared with Foley at a popular diner along Route 1 in central Greenwich.