In a tremendous show of support for a congressman who has risked his personal finances to defend the First Amendment, former President Bill Clinton will join Rep. Jim McDermott on stage, for a town hall style, grassroots discussion, on June 3, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Unlikely the ritzy, high-priced events former presidents usually headline, general admission seating is only $50.00, while a limited number of VIP seats will be available for $100.00. All proceeds will benefit Rep. McDermott’s campaign committee, Friends for Jim McDermott Committee.
Why is President Clinton going out of his way to raise money for a popular congressman who would likely win 80 percent of the vote this November without spending a dime? Because Rep. McDermott is in the midst of a multi-year legal battle that will cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees if he wins, and well over a $1 million if he loses.
McDermott could have settled with little more than an apology years ago, but that would have meant selling out the Constitution. Unlike some congressman, McDermott has never been one to use his office to enrich himself, and now he stands to lose his own house, even if he ultimately prevails in court.
But however you feel about Seattle’s congressman, this event is a rare opportunity for average folk to interact with a President… especially one who reminds of us of an era when we actually liked our President.