The Connecticut Democratic Party announced Thursday that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will headline its fundraising dinner this summer.
Warren, who has been mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for president, will keynote the Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner at the Connecticut Convention Center on June 29.
“Senator Warren is a champion for women, middle class families, and consumers,” Connecticut Democratic Party Chair Nick Balletto said. “Like Governor Malloy, Senator Warren’s victory is proof that Democratic candidates win by staying true to Democratic values. We are thrilled to have her share her vision and experience.”
In 2013, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois, thought of as a rising star in the Democratic Party, was supposed to headline the dinner, but was forced to stay in Washington D.C. to vote. Last year, it was Delaware Gov. Jack Markell who headlined the dinner and in 2012 it was Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. But it’s been a few years since they’ve had such a national figure headline one of the party’s biggest fundraisers of the year.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is one of a dozen Republican candidates for president, will headline the Connecticut Republican Party’s fundraising dinner June 4 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Stamford.
“Senator Rubio is a dynamic leader with a record of accomplishment, and is an articulate advocate for free market, limited government policies,” Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said. “He is one of the Republican Party’s leading contenders for the White House in 2016, and we are honored to have him headline our event.”
Last year, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who also is running for president, addressed the party faithful. His appearance was upstaged by a seven-count indictment against former Republican Gov. John G. Rowland just hours before the dinner started.