Mrs. Clinton huddles with unions prior to fundraiser

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is slated to appear at an Arizona fundraiser Oct. 2. for her 2008 presidential bid. The event is scheduled for Tucson and, according to sources familiar with the situation, the goal is to raise $250,000 for Clinton's presidential bid.

Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle recently was in Phoenix meeting with top state Democrats. Those attending that meeting included real estate developer and Clinton ally Jim Pederson, Democratic lobbyists David Waid and Tom Ziemba as well as representatives of labor unions, teachers unions and trial lawyers.

The meeting was held at Ziemba Waid Public Affairs offices in Phoenix and did not entail fundraising or endorsements.

Clinton has lead consistently in Arizona polls for the Democratic side of the 2008 presidential race.

One of her chief rivals, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., also is expected to make a campaign/fundraising stop Arizona.

Arizona went for Republican George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 and the state is not in the presidential spotlight yet for 2008 other than being the home base of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.


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