Gaffe-prone Hillary Clinton plans join Nancy Pelosi to raise money for House Democrats

Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will spend some time away from promoting her book, making hilarious gaffes, and earning $225,000 per speech to join House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC):

A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide said the former secretary of State will join Pelosi in her home district this fall as part of Clinton’s midterm campaign tour. She’s also expected to headline fundraisers for the rest of the party’s major campaign committees, and will kick off her fall campaign schedule with an appearance at Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-Iowa) annual steak fry next month.

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) said Democrats are “thrilled and grateful” that Clinton plans to help the party as they fight to pick up seats in the House this fall.

“Secretary Clinton is an extraordinary force for our values and will relentlessly fight to jumpstart the middle class. We’re thrilled and grateful that she is lending her support to our shared goal of electing a Democratic House of Representatives that will put a stop to the endless cycle of dysfunction and shutdowns from this Republican Congress,” he said.

It’s unclear what candidates or lawmakers might join Clinton at the fundraiser, but Democrats have heavily promoted their female candidates as they seek to make Republicans’ records on women’s issues a problem for GOP candidates on the campaign trail.

Clinton, who has all but said she’s going to run for president in 2016, has finally decided to take a break from her constant self-promotion to lend a hand to Democratic campaign arms and candidates.

The timing of this announcement is curious, to say the least. Michael Barone recently noted that Clinton has been missing from the campaign trail and Democratic fundraisers in a crucial election year for the party, contrasting her to Richard Nixon in 1966, when he campaigned for Republicans prior to his presidential bid.

“So why isn’t Clinton following Nixon’s example? For reasons as clear-eyed as her takedowns of Obama. First, she is in a stronger position to win her party’s nomination today than Nixon was 48 years ago,” Barone writes. “Second, she, unlike Nixon in 1966 and like most sober-minded observers this year, doesn’t see this as a good year for her party.”

Although outlook for control of the Senate is a little bit of a different story for Democrats, just last week, USA Today explained that Republicans aren’t just likely to keep control of the House of Representatives, but will probably pick-up seats in November. Clinton, for the reasons Barone noted, may not want to go all-in for a losing cause and have that tied to her when she announces her presidential campaign.

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