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June 8, 2006

Grads and dads

Posted by David Postman at 7:34 AM

Flying east to see his son graduate from high school next week will keep Mike McGavick from appearing with President Bush at a fundraiser here. But it's not stopping the money machine completely.

McGavick has said that graduation and related festivities means he'll have to skip the president's June 16 visit to Washington state. But the night before his son, Jack, graduates from high school in Pennsylvania, McGavick has organized an insurance industry fund raiser in Chicago.

McGavick spokesman Elliot Bundy laughed when I started asking him about the money stop at the front-end of the grad trip, and said, "I find it amazing the lengths they will go to on this. The fact is Mike has chosen to be with his son and they won't accept that."

The "they" is the Democratic Party, which has been poking at McGavick and questioning whether he is trying to duck the president. Bundy used my call to point out that Cantwell gets a lot more money from out of state than McGavick does.

And Democrats still do question whether McGavick is at all sorry he'll miss the Bush visit. Party spokesman Kelly Steele said it's like the Mastercard commercial: "Having day-after-graduation activities you can attend on the day Bush and his 31% approval rating blow into Washington state - priceless."

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