WASHINGTON—The Ready for Hillary super PAC is picking up steam, with Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill. sending out a Veterans Day message for the group and Rep. Carolyn Maloney D-N.Y. hosting a grass roots event at her Manhattan home Monday to encourage Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president.
“I’ve made up my mind,” Maloney told me Monday. “She hasn’t made up hers.”
The guest speaker at Maloney’s event—with about 76 expected— is Harold Ickes, a former deputy White House chief of staff for former President Bill Clinton who advised Hillary Clinton on her Senate and 2008 White House run.
Maloney said the event at her home is not a fundraiser; rather it is “to strategize and let (Clinton) know she is not alone” if she decided to run.
Duckworth and Maloney are boosting the Super Pac organized to draft Clinton to make a 2016 presidential bid as the national finance council for the group is meeting Tuesday in New York. The speakers include is Media Matters founder David Brock, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and pollster Geoff Garin.
An Iraq war vet, Duckworth said in an e-mail, “On this important day we wanted to share Hillary Clinton’s thoughts from Veterans Day in 2008.” And with that she quoted Clinton saying, “Today I join all Americans in honoring the brave men and women who have worn the uniform in service to our nation. These men and women have given so much for all of us. We owe them our freedom, our respect, and our gratitude demonstrated in our words and deeds.”