It's fun to have guests in town. You get a chance to show off the sights and sounds of Seattle. Maybe, if there's time, even take them to Pike Place to see the fish get thrown around, or ride to the top of the Space Needle for a view of the city. It can make for a great way to spend a day ... unless your guest is Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
As the Seattle Times notes, Paul Ryan will, indeed, be in town Monday, scheduled to appear at a fundraiser on the Eastside later today that features "two levels of entry, $1,000 for general participation, $2,500 for a picture with Ryan." The Times goes on to point out that Ryan will later attend a dinner that will cost excited Republicans close to $25,000 to get into.
What a steal!
But what about face time with conservative voters of more modest means? Apparently Ryan has little time for such things (at least today).
As the Times notes:
No public events are planned. State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur said the local party suggested one, because their vice-presidential candidate is so charismatic. But he didn't have time. Wilbur called this event a "hit-and-run," using common political terminology for these short visits by national big name politicians.
As for the state's Republican gubernatorial candidate, Rob McKenna, the Times reports he'll be forced to miss the Ryan-Fundraising efforts because of a previously scheduled fundraiser of his own in Moses Lake. No word on whether McKenna will use the money he gathers to produce a TV commercial that makes him look like less of a complete dweeb than his current commercials do.
UPDATE: Apparently Ryan will also do a bit of fundraising in Portland today. The good news is his appearance at the Governor Hotel will not impact food carts in the area.
Previously on The Daily Weekly: