Vice President Kamala Harris is stepping into a more assertive role as she gears up for the campaign trail in anticipation of the 2024 election, according to sources close to her political circle.
Harris is set to make a major splash with a “grassroots reception” scheduled on the picturesque shores of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
The upcoming fundraiser, revealed by local media, is poised to be a pivotal moment for the Biden-Harris re-election campaign. Hosted by the Biden Victory Fund along with an array of influential individuals including a prominent bank executive, a former official from the Obama administration, a seasoned political consultant, and the esteemed actor Wendell Pierce, the event is expected to draw attention from both supporters and critics.
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Pricing tiers for the “grassroots reception” vary, extending from a modest $50 to a substantial $10,000, emblematic of the diverse economic landscape of the Vineyard. Long heralded as a playground for America’s affluent and well-known, Martha’s Vineyard sets a fitting stage for this gathering that promises to set the tone for Harris’s more active role in the upcoming campaign.
Invitations to the event purposefully omitted the exact timing and venue details, highlighting its exclusivity. However, insiders confirm that the “joint fundraising committee authorized by Biden for President, the Democratic National Committee, and several state Democratic parties” are behind its funding, ensuring a seamless alignment of resources for the campaign’s strategic aspirations.
This occasion is not the first time Harris has connected with Martha’s Vineyard. In August 2022, she embarked on a campaign-related visit to the island, as noted in the report. It’s also noteworthy that her sister, Maya Lakshmi Harris, owns a residence on the Vineyard, cementing the family’s ties to the community.
Martha’s Vineyard’s identity as a bastion of liberal thought and influence gained further prominence last year when Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis chose to relocate migrants to the island, an action that ignited a firestorm of controversy among Democrats and echoed through the liberal media.
Adding to the island’s allure is the presence of former President Barack Obama, who possesses a home here. This overlap of political heavyweights and affluent figures underscores Martha’s Vineyard as not only a scenic backdrop for Harris’s campaign pursuits but also a symbolic convergence of powerful voices in American politics.
Harris’s ability to capture voters’ imagination is debatable, and she has been noted for her tendency to reiterate points and offer self-evident explanations when addressing the public. Nor is she particularly popular with the public, having consistently polled under 50 percent since 2021.
Still as the Democrats gun for victory next year, this latest event stands as a testament to her heightened engagement, and potentially Biden’s own weakness.
Georgia Gilholy is a journalist based in the United Kingdom who has been published in Newsweek, The Times of Israel, and the Spectator. Gilholy writes about international politics, culture, and education.
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