MANCHESTER — A few days after becoming a grandmother, Hillary Clinton postponed tomorrow night’s scheduled fundraiser in Washington for top supporter Lou D’Allesandro, the veteran state Senator told the New Hampshire Journal today.
D’Allesandro said he received a call from Clinton’s staff this morning and “she has canceled all of her appearances for the next two days.” D’Allesandro said he was told that Chelsea Clinton would be bringing her newborn, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, home from a New York hospital soon.
D’Allesandro said a Clinton staffer told him the fundraiser, which was to be held at a Capitol Hill law firm, featuring the former Secretary of State, “will be rescheduled sometime. We don’t know when.”
D’Allesandro said he understands the postponement by Clinton entirely.
“Of course,” he said. “I’ve got nine grandchildren. I know how precious they are.”
The New Hampshire Journal first reported on the fundraiser on Sept. 21.
Our earlier report follows.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 21:
As she continues to consider mounting a 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton later this month will take her first step in getting involved in the mid-term elections in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Journal has learned that on Sept. 30, the former Secretary of State and clear Democratic presidential frontrunner will appear as the featured guest at a fundraiser reception in Washington for her long-time friend, state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro of Manchester.
D’Allesandro, confirming the event tonight, said he is “honored that she has agreed to do this. She has been a good friend for a long, long time. She is interested in helping candidates throughout the mid-term elections.”
D’Allesandro said the reception will be held at a Capitol Hill law firm, with about 25 to 30 of his friends and associates expected to attend. He said that some of them will be from New Hampshire.
D’Allesandro said the event will be closed to the media.
Clinton has yet to visit the Granite State in the current election cycle, but she visited first caucus state Iowa last week, telling the crowd at Sen. Tom Harkin’s Steak Fry, “I’m back!”
Clinton won the New Hampshire first-in-the-nation presidential primary in 2008 and has a long list of friends in the Granite State, dating back to husband Bill Clinton’s first run for President in 1992.
The former President will be the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Oct. 16 in Manchester.
Ready for Hillary, the nationwide political action committee formed to encourage her to run for President, has had an active organization in New Hampshire since early this year.
Although it appears that Clinton has been moving steadily toward a presidential candidacy, D’Allesandro said he “would not want to speculate” about Clinton’s presidential plans.
“That would not be appropriate,” he said. “I would encourage her to do what she feels is the best for her. But there is no doubt in my mind that she would make a great President.
“I’m obviously excited and hope that we have a good event,” D’Allesandro said.
D’Allesandro, 76, is one of the most respected leaders at the State House, by those on both side of the political aisle, and is a virtual icon of the state Democratic Party. He is currently running for his ninth two-year term representing District 20, which includes Manchester Wards 3, 4, 10 and 11 and Goffstown. In the past he has served as an Executive Councilor and in the state House of Representatives.