WASHINGTON--Vice President Biden will headline a fund-raiser for Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias in Chicago on June 21, the strongest show of support so far by the Obama White House. It is, as Biden might say, a BFD.
The Biden event was announced Monday by Giannoulias to his supporters via his Twitter account. "Very excited to announce that Vice President Biden will be coming to Chicago for a special campaign event!" Giannoulias said on Twitter.
Biden's fund-raiser is not a big surprise; Biden was already scheduled to be in Chicago on June 21 for a fund-raiser to benefit Tenth District Democratic House nominee Dan Seals at the Union League Club in the Loop.
Biden's coming signifies to the Democratic donor community that Giannoulias is worth investing in his contest against GOP nominee Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) badly wounded in recent weeks with stories about his embellishments about his career as a Navy reserve officer.
The Obama team is sending significant fund-raising help to Giannoulias: Education Secretary Arne Duncan hits Chicago on Thursday; Deputy White House Chief of Staff Jim Messina on Saturday and former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe on June 30, the last day of the second quarter of fund-raising for the November contests.