Kerry to Visit House Democrats Wednesday

Posted April 11, 2005 at 6:41pm

One-time Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) will meet with House Democrats on Wednesday morning, his first session with the Caucus since he lost his bid for the White House last fall.

Leaders invited Kerry to be the featured guest at the weekly House Democratic Caucus gathering shortly after the Massachusetts Senator — viewed as a possible presidential candidate in 2008 — pledged to give House Democrats $500,000 and to raise an additional $500,000 for top-tier candidates this cycle.

One leadership aide noted that Kerry’s visit is timely, given the Democrats’ newly launched offensive against the GOP for going too far in the way it runs Congress.

“John Kerry is one of the leaders of the Democratic Party, and on a week when Democrats are highlighting Republican abuse of power, having a well-known voice from the Senate demonstrates our unity as a Caucus and a party,” said one Democratic leadership aide.

Another leadership source said Members also want the chance to thank Kerry for “his generous contribution” to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“He’s shown his support to House Democrats and the Members are going to show their support for him,” the staffer said.

— Erin P. Billings