Politico reported today that “Governor Bill Richardson is set to announce today that he’s hosting a pair of fundraising events for Hillary Clinton in New Mexico August 17, which is being cast as one of the higher-profile installments of Obama’s effort to help Clinton retire her debt.”
This is a gracious move on Richardson’s part as an Obama backer, that “could repair Richardson’s own relationship with the Clintons — some of whose supporters resented his Obama endorsement.”
It could also soothe Clinton backers concerns that Obama isn’t raising enough money for Clinton.
The move comes amid some rumbling in Clinton’s camp. Clinton held a “thank you” event for Washington, D.C. fundraisers this morning, at which some of her backers expressed concern that Obama wasn’t fundraising aggressively enough to retire Clinton’s debt. They were told, a source said, that Clinton had raised millions for Obama, while he had only raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for her.
(It is, of course, quite a lot easier to raise money for the nominee.)
“Senator Clinton is grateful for Governor Richardson’s and Senator Obama’s efforts to assist in retiring her campaign debt, and she is looking forward to continuing to campaign for Senator Obama and help ensure victory for democrats throughout the country this fall,” said Clinton spokeswoman Kathleen Strand.
MSNBC also notes that “Richardson’s own debt from his presidential run (as of June 30) is $292,726,” so indeed his gesture to help Clinton retire her debt is quite gracious. Unity is the name of the game at this point. Working together for the common goal of electing Barack Obama as our next president.