Better late than never....Gov. Blagojevich and Mayor Daley finally get around to briefing the Illinois congressional delegation on the city-state agenda for the legislative year on Tuesday.
Blagojevich arrived in Washington on Monday night and hosted a fundraiser at Charlie Palmer's, a restaurant near the Capitol. A very small crowd--about a dozen paying customers were around for a reception and then a private dinner with the governor. Blagojevic was sunningly optimistic about his re-election when we chatted. He was accompanied by.....
UPDATE: Blagojevich let slip what his staff did not want out--that before he flew to Washington on Monday, he stopped in Boston for a fundraiser at an event hosted by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and his son Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) Patrick Kennedy did not attend. I ran into Patrick Kennedy today, asked him how he was (recently in rehab for prescription drug abuse) and he said fine.
The senior Kennedy was returning the favor for Blagojevich. The governor helped him raise money in Illinois.
John Wyma, the Washington and Springfield lobbyist who is one of Blagojevich's top advisors and Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris, who went to work for the governor after a long stint in Daley's City Hall.
Wyma declined to release an estimate of what they raised. But I suspect it was more than was evidenced by the few people at the $1,000-a-head event. Washington was emptied on Monday because of the horrendous, historic rains which flooded basements, roads and bridges and forced the closing of some museums on the Mall and government buildings.
(My basement was not flooded, thank-you for asking, but the skylight on my car leaked and my car roof and floor is soaked. Suggestions?)
One of the hosts stopped by, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) talked to a few people and left, but the other, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)(D-Ill.) never made it out of Chicago. No other lawmakers were present that I saw.
This morning, Daley and Blagojevich meet with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) briefly and then head to a lunch with the delegation.
this from Durbin and Obama..
[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Barack Obama will meet with City of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich tomorrow to discuss joint legislative priorities for the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago. Daley and Blagojevich will join the bipartisan Illinois Congressional delegation for a luncheon.
Senator Durbin, Mayor Daley and others from the Illinois delegation will take questions from the media following the lunch.
DATE: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2006
TIME: 12:30 PM ET
LOCATION: Assistant Democratic Leader’s Office
S-321, U.S. Capitol