Wisconsin gets a visit from another national dignitary, because the state is a big deal in the November elections.
Vice President Joe Biden will host a $250 a plate fundraiser next month in Madison for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett, according to Barrett Campaign Manager Bill Hyers. “Vice President Biden is doing a fundraiser for us in Madison on October 7th.”
Hyers says the Democratic Governors Association has identified Wisconsin as a top ten target, and the Democratic National Committee has been investing a significant amount of time and money in this swing state. President Barack Obama was in Menomonee Falls in August to raise money for Barrett, returned to the state on Labor Day, and is scheduled to be in Madison on the 28th for another fundraiser.
A couple of government watchdog groups in the state predict this race for governor could be the most expensive in Wisconsin history. Hyers stresses the importance of the Badger State in the general election. “This is one of the top targets. As states kind of fall by the wayside, this is a state that’s going to be a strong concentration of national support, on top of the local support.”
The President is adamant about getting a Democrat in the governor’s office as he is already planning for the 2012 race for reelection.
The head of the state Republican Party says he also expects a lot of national attention. State GOP chairman Reince Priebus expects to see some political heavy hitters stumping for GOP nominee Scott Walker.
Biden will be at Monona Terrace.