Obama to Headline Senate Democratic Retreat

Posted February 7, 2012 at 10:45am

President Barack Obama and his 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina, will be the featured speakers at a Senate Democratic retreat Wednesday, multiple sources have confirmed.

The policy conference, which will be held at Nationals Park, is an annual event used by the party to plot out its strategy for the coming year. Messina’s speech will come just days after he sent emails to Obama campaign supporters announcing that the campaign will back a super PAC, Priorities USA Action.

Messina’s appearance will likely include an explanation of the decision, given Senate Democratic leaders publicly criticized GOP-run super PACs last week.

Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) held a press conference with colleagues to announce their intention to revive failed campaign finance reform legislation.

Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden spoke to House Democrats at their retreat late last month.