The crowd at the Obama fundraising reception at the Renaissance Grand Hotel was a mix of local supporters of Obama and his former rival, Hillary Clinton. Clinton's state director, state Rep. Rachel Storch, introduced Obama to the crowd. Those in the audience included Clinton's most prominent area backers -- former Gov. Bob Holden and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. The pro-Obama folks in the audience included state auditor Susan Montee,who'd headed the candidate's Missouri Women for Obama, as well as Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, her brother, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, and their mother, former Sen. Jean Carnahan. Two other pro-Obama figures -- U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay -- remained in Washington, but sent family emissaries to the reception. Obama singled out McCaskill as "somebody you want in a foxhole." Several local organizers predicted that Monday night's events, which included an earlier VIP reception, would raised $1 million for the candidate.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Obama on Claire: "Somebody You Want In A Foxhole"
Here's the pool report from Obama's Monday night fundraiser in St. Louis: