PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine had such a good time on his last visit to Newport that he’s returning for another one.
Kaine is scheduled to come to Newport for a campaign fundraiser on the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 13, according to an invitation obtained by WPRI.com. The event will be at the home of Barrett Bready, founder and CEO of the life-sciences company Nabsys, and his wife Alma.
The event is hosted by Gov. Gina Raimondo, the state’s four-member congressional delegation, longtime Clinton ally Joe Paolino, former gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell, and Susan and Richard Weiner, the wife and son of the late Mark Weiner.
Paolino, Pell and the Weiners are already listed on Clinton’s campaign as three of her four so-called “Hillblazers” from Rhode Island – supporters who have raised at least $100,000 for her campaign since last year. The fourth is David Lee Carden, a former U.S. ambassador and attorney who owns a home in Tiverton.
The invitation says “Hosts” must raise $50,000 for the Clinton campaign and will be invited to a reception and dinner with Kaine. “Co-Hosts” who contribute $5,000 or raise $10,000 will receive a photo with Kaine. “Champions” who contribute $2,700 will receive preferred seating. “Friends” are required to contribute $1,000 to attend.
It’s unclear if Kaine will hold any public events while he’s here.
It will be Kaine’s second stop in the City by the Sea in recent weeks, but this one is unlikely to be quite as memorable as his July 22 visit for a Newport Shipyard fundraiser to benefit U.S. Sen. Jack Reed – which is where he received the official phone call from Hillary Clinton inviting him to be her running mate.
In an interview last week, Reed said Kaine stepped away during the event to take Clinton’s phone call in a quiet place.
“Then I was tapped on the shoulder and pulled around the side of the building,” Reed recalled. “He emerged and he was quite happy. I said, ‘Did you get it?’ He said, ‘Yeah!’ I said, ‘Congratulations, anything I can do to help you?’” Kaine was quickly spirited away past the assembled reporters in a Volvo with tinted windows and taken to his hotel.
Republican nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, have not visited Rhode Island to raise money for their campaign so far. The previous GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, held a fundraiser in Newport in 2011.Ted Nesi (email@example.com) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com. He writes The Saturday Morning Post and hosts Executive Suite. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram