Former President Bill Clinton is apparently Hampton Roads to campaign and fundraise for his longtime friend and confidant Terry McAuliffe.
This week Clinton made a campaign swing through Virginia hitting Richmond and Roanoke for rallies to back McAuliffe run for the governor's mansion against Democrats Brian Moran and Sen. Creigh Deeds. McAuliffe was Clinton's moneyman for years, spearheading the former presidents fundraising efforts and collecting millions in donations for his campaigns and initiatives.
Clinton is a major wildcard in this race because the former president can still draw a serious crowd - and he tugs are familir strings with Democrats. Clinton is still the same charming speaker who connects well with people in large groups and especially one-on-one.
In the final weeks before the June 9 primary, don't be surprised if Clinton pops up in television ads too. if McAuliffe is willing to make an "I'm on a boat" ad he'll probably make a "Look who is standing with Bill Clinton" ad too.
Virginia Democrats aren't used to getting so much love, affection and attention - Clinton barely campaigned in the state during his two presidential victories - and Clinton's megawatt start power is a boon for McAuliffe. Last February, a last second stop by Clinton in Hampton Roads the run up to the Virginia primary drew about 1,400 people to a crowded high school auditorium.
But Clinton's work for Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail and his relationship with President Barack Obama - and by osmosis McAuliffe's relationship with Obama - is another matter that could irk urban voters enough to keep them away from McAuliffe at the polls.
At this point the details are a bit foggy, but the date appears to by May 14 - exactly two-weeks from today. We're going to see if we can track down any more information to see if it's a closed fundraiser or if their are public events too.