When he came in Feb. 2007, Seattle greeted him with open arms.
After a couple of warm and welcoming receptions since he started his run for the White House, McCain is doing some big gun fundraising on today's jaunt to the Pacific Northwest with no plans to set foot in the Obama-fanatic Emerald City. He's hosting a $10,000 photo op for McCainiacs at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency at 5 p.m. Followed by a VIP reception at 5:30 for people who just want to rub elbows with the guy and have $2,300 burning a hole in their pocket. At 6 p.m. cheapskate Republicans can get in a little face time for $1,000 a pop, but then they all have to leave unless they're willing to shill out the $33,100 donation needed to eat dinner with the esteemed Senator from Arizona.
Last week state Democratic Party chair Dwight Pelz sent out an e-mail blast seeking donations to put a plane in the air at the event. They got the money and as the GOP party faithful arrive in Bellevue, a banner saying: "John McCain = 100 More Years in Iraq" should be circling over head.
McCain landed late this morning at Boeing Field, where upset Boeing tanker workers were planning to protest his role in an Air Force refueling tanker deal that skittered out from under the local aircraft manufacturer several years ago , reports the AP.
Following his landing was a trip to North Bend. Friend to the Daily Weekly Don Ward was there and we'll link to his coverage as soon as it's posted. (Update: Ward has posted a preliminary distpatch focused squarely on global warming over at Sound Politics.)
Sadly we won't be bringing you a digital recording of McCain's remarks at the dinner as "our fundraiser events are closed to the press," says his press office. So here instead is our coverage of some of his past appearances: Feb. 2007 and Feb. 2008.