Michelle Obama Gives Murray A Boost

First lady Michelle Obama’s two Eastside fundraisers for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on Monday capped a remarkable run of top-name Democrats coming to aid the state’s senior senator.

Obama, joined by the vice president’s wife, Jill Biden, arrived within days of separate visits by former President Clinton and President Obama, illustrating Murray’s clout among Democratic elites and their anxiety about Murray’s neck-and-neck race with Republican Dino Rossi.

Michelle Obama asked the 1,400 people jammed into a cavernous banquet hall at the Bellevue Hyatt to “lace up” for a final push to Election Day.

“You see, the one thing I asked all of you over the course of the campaign, I said, ‘If I’m giving you my husband, then you have to have his back,’ ” she told the crowd that paid $75 to $175 each. “He needs leaders like Patty to have his back. And Patty needs folks like all of you to make that happen.”

After the fundraiser, Obama zipped to the Medina mansion of Costco co-founder Jeff Brotman for a second fundraiser, which was closed to the press. The 100 people there paid up to $7,500 each.

Murray, an 18-year incumbent who ranks fourth in leadership among Senate Democrats, has a razor-thin lead over Rossi, according to an analysis of polls by The New York Times’ Fivethirtyeight blog.

The frequent visits by prominent Democrats “show they see that she is in trouble,” Rossi said Monday in a separate conference call. “We are in a position to win this race.”

At the Hyatt fundraiser, the crowd of mostly women waited in a long line that snaked through the hotel’s winter garden nearly two hours before the event. Rondi Gangnes said she brought her 13-year-old daughter, Libby, to see the first lady because she is “the embodiment of the American dream.”

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  1. Michelle always looks good. Lets hope the Michelle Obama obesity battle gets our kids looking good and becoming more healthy.

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