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September 24, 2008 4:44 PM

Local Cindy McCain fundraiser went on as scheduled

Posted by Emily Heffter

Seattle Times reporter Bob Young reports that Cindy McCain did attend a $1,000-per-person private fundraiser in Hunts Point today, contrary to media reports that said the event was cancelled.

A McCain campaign spokesman confirmed the event occurred at lunchtime despite an afternoon report by the Associated Press -- later corrected -- saying it was cancelled.

The confusion is understandable. The event, which was originally to feature Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has been shrouded in secrecy. The McCain campaign wouldn't say who was hosting the event, reporters weren't allowed, there was even confusion about the time of the event which was initially described as an evening fundraiser. And the campaign offered no details about how many attended and how much was raised.

"We don’t comment on fundraisers. We don't talk about where they're held, the amount raised and the folks who attended," said McCain spokesman Rick Gorka.

"There was an event this morning," Gorka continued. "Then Mrs. McCain suspended all previous scheduled activities once Senator McCain announced that he was suspending campaigning (to deal with the brewing national financial crisis) and she is back on her way to Washington, D.C."

Curiously, we haven't been able to reach anyone locally who attended the event. Neither Rob McKenna, McCain's Washington state campaign chairman, or steering committee chairman Mike McKay has returned calls.

UPDATE: Chris Fidler, co-chairman of McCain's steering committee in Washington state, attended the event and said that not only was Cindy McCain there for 90 minutes, but so was Todd Palin.

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