The big money Democratic Party fundraisers who backed Hillary Clinton in the primary but have now committed to supporting Barack Obama, accepted an invitation to fly out to Chicago Monday to sit down with Obama’s campaign manager.
There’s a Jersey connection there, as David Plouffe managed Bob Torricelli’s successful U.S. senate campaign in 1996.
Those members of the "Group" who plan to head to Obama’s Midwest base of operations for a three-hour confab include Zenon Christodoulou, Al DeCotiis, John Graham and William Harla.
"We were asked to come out by the campaign so that they could introduce us to all of the main people they want us to get to know in the head office," said Christodoulou.
Indefatigable, Graham said he intends to float Clinton’s name as a VP pick.
"I’m going to weigh in on it out there, definitely, it’s an unbeatable dream ticket," said Graham. "They put her on the ticket, they win this election hands down. It would make all our jobs easier in terms of fundraising. What Hillary does is she brings back women and middle America."
Whoever Obama picks ultimately, Graham and the Group are committed to a fall fundraising bash for the presumptive Democratic nominee.
"We’re going to finish the job," he said.