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Washington Notebook: $2,700 gets you a picture with Bill Clinton

CLINTON: To be at Los Ranchos fundraiser

CLINTON: To be at Los Ranchos fundraiser

WASHINGTON – New Mexicans supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will get a chance to rub elbows with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, next month – but the moment won’t come cheap.

Bill Clinton will be the guest of honor at a fundraiser for his wife on Jan. 9 in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. The event is being hosted by James Griffin, according to the invitation. It’s a morning event, but the exact time is still to be determined.

A $1,000 contribution will get you in the door, but if you’re willing to fork over $2,700 you can get a photograph with the former president. Anyone who can raise $10,000 for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid is invited to attend a private reception with Clinton.

The Clintons are no strangers to New Mexico. They have visited the state together and separately many times over the years to campaign for themselves or other Democratic politicians, or to host fundraisers.

CHÁVEZ: Former Albuquerque mayor is a co-chairman of fundraiser

CHÁVEZ: Former Albuquerque mayor is a co-chairman of fundraiser

Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chávez, one of Clinton’s top fundraisers, is a co-chairman of the Los Ranchos event.

I’m told Gov. Bill Richardson will also be at the event. Richardson had a high-profile falling-out with the Clintons in the 2008 campaign when the then-New Mexico governor endorsed Barack Obama for president instead of Hillary Clinton. This time around, Richardson has endorsed Clinton, and we’re told that all is well among the political power trio now.

For more information on the Clinton event, contact Dan Sorenson at dsorenson@hillaryclinton.com.

IN RUBIO’S CORNER: State Rep. Monica Youngblood, an Albuquerque Republican, will serve as chairwoman of Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign in New Mexico.

YOUNGBLOOD: New Mexico chairwoman for Rubio

YOUNGBLOOD: New Mexico chairwoman for Rubio

Rubio, a Florida Republican, is viewed by many as a dynamic Hispanic candidate the party can rally around. Although some media reports have characterized Rubio’s well-documented financial struggles as an adult as a potential political liability, Youngblood said his modest upbringing helps him better understand the middle class.

“After growing up paycheck to paycheck like many New Mexicans, Marco Rubio understands the challenges facing low income and middle-class families in New Mexico,” Youngblood said. “Marco’s plan for a New American Century will keep our country strong in the 21st century, and I am proud to lead his team in New Mexico.”

Michael Coleman: mcoleman@abqjournal.com

RUBIO: Republican presidential candidate

RUBIO: Republican presidential candidate

 

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