Sources say Obama plan­ning Austin trip

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - — Ja­son Em­bry

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama plans to head-line an Aug. 9 fundraiser in Austin for the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, ac­cord­ing to Demo­cratic sources. He is also plan­ning to head­line a Demo­cratic Sen­a­to­rial Cam­paign Com­mit­tee event the same day in Hous­ton.

Ac­cord­ing to an e-mail cir­cu­lat­ing among lo­cal Democrats, the Austin event is likely to be a high-dol­lar af­fair ten­ta­tively sched­uled for the Four Sea­sons.

Obama vis­ited Cen­tral Texas for the Fort Hood me­mo­rial in Novem­ber. He vis­ited Austin in Fe­bru­ary 2008 for a pri­mary de­bate at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas. He drew thou­sands a year ear­lier at a rally on Au­di­to­rium Shores.

Gov. Rick Perry likely will use Obama’s ap­pear­ance in Au­gust to link the pres­i­dent to for­mer Hous­ton Mayor Bill White, who is run­ning against Perry this year. Perry has re­peat­edly sought to tie Obama to White, even though White has crit­i­cized the ad­min­is­tra­tion on a num­ber of fronts.

White spokes­woman Katy Ba­con says White “has no plans to at­tend” ei­ther of the Texas fundrais­ers with Obama.

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