Connecticut Senator to Boost Pro-Hillary Group

Sen. Richard Blumenthal signals his support for the former secretary of State.

Volunteers with the national organization "Ready for Hillary'' hold a rally across the street from the Beverly Wilshire hotel where the former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honored with the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award at the Pacific Council on International Policy's Chairman's Gala on May 8, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Clinton's supporters were urging her to run for president in 2016.
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May 23, 2014, 9:55 a.m.

Richard Blu­menth­al of Con­necti­c­ut is the latest Demo­crat­ic sen­at­or to come out for a po­ten­tial Hil­lary Clin­ton pres­id­en­tial can­did­acy.

Blu­menth­al will make a “spe­cial an­nounce­ment” at a June 6 fun­draiser for the su­per PAC Ready for Hil­lary in West­port, Conn., ac­cord­ing to an in­vit­a­tion ob­tained by Na­tion­al Journ­al. Har­old Ickes, a Bill Clin­ton White House aide who is now a seni­or ad­viser to Ready for Hil­lary, will also give an “im­port­ant up­date.” The event will be held at the home of Demo­crat­ic donors Bill Scheffler and Ann Shef­fer.

Tick­ets start at $201.60 (a nod to the year 2016) for the “spon­sor” level and go up to $1,000 for the “co­host” level. Sen. Richard Blu­menth­al (D-CT) (Richard A. Bloom)

Blu­menth­al joins Demo­crat­ic Sens. Debbie Stabenow, Bar­bara Box­er and Dick Durbin, who an­nounced their sup­port for Clin­ton earli­er this week, and Sen. Tim Kaine, who threw his sup­port be­hind Clin­ton earli­er this month. Sev­er­al oth­er Demo­crat­ic lead­ers have urged Clin­ton to run.

“Across the coun­try, Demo­crat­ic lead­ers are step­ping for­ward to help build a grass­roots army of Hil­lary sup­port­ers en­cour­aging Hil­lary to run,” Ready for Hil­lary spokes­man Seth Bring­man said. “Like mil­lions of every­day Amer­ic­ans, these Demo­crat­ic lead­ers want Hil­lary to run and be­come the next pres­id­ent, and they are eager to do whatever they can to make it hap­pen.” 

Blu­menth­al’s of­fice con­firmed the event, but it could not im­me­di­ately com­ment on the an­nounce­ment.

Blu­menth­al and Clin­ton were class­mates in law school and re­cently spent some time to­geth­er dur­ing the former sec­ret­ary of State’s speech last month at the Uni­versity of Con­necti­c­ut.

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