Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Washington this weekend to hold a fundraiser for Rep. Frank Kratovil, who if facing a tough re-election battle in Maryland’s Eastern Shore-based 1st district.
The Clinton event will take place Sunday afternoon at Acadiana restaurant. Individual tickets are being sold for $500 and the suggested political action committee contribution is $1,000.
Clinton is getting heavily involved in Maryland politics these days. Earlier this week, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is facing a competitive re-election race, sent out invitations to his own Clinton fundraiser on Oct. 21 in Baltimore.
The Kratovil invitation was released just days after Kratovil’s GOP opponent, state Sen. Andy Harris, announced that he raised more than $500,000 during the third quarter of the year. According to pre-primary reports filed last month, Harris outraised the Congressman $193,000 to $134,000 from July 1 to Aug. 25. Harris’s release on Monday indicated that another $332,000 poured into his campaign during the final month of the quarter. Kratovil’s campaign has not released its third-quarter fundraising totals.
Kratovil’s campaign declined to comment Wednesday on the Clinton event.
The Congressman has been working this week to highlight his endorsements from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Rifle Association, two national groups who are often linked to GOP candidates. Kratovil will need as much help as he can get from conservative corners this cycle if he hopes to hang on to his seat. The 1st district had long been a GOP bastion in Maryland before Kratovil won the seat in the 2008 Democratic wave.