Clinton, Kissinger to Do Events in Long Island Race

Posted May 28, 2010 at 4:09pm

Assuming the furor over his role in the unfolding situation involving Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) doesn’t force him to change his plans, former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) Thursday evening.

The $1,000-a-ticket event will be held not in Bishop’s eastern Long Island district, but at the Manhattan home of media mogul Robert Sillerman. But at least one lucky small donor will be coming along.

Bishop, in an e-mail to supporters, said anyone contributing $25 to $100 to his campaign by the end of the day today would be entered in a raffle to win two free tickets to the Clinton fundraiser.

Clinton isn’t the only big name wading into the Long Island race.

On June 29, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Chris Cox, one of several candidates seeking the Republican nomination to take on Bishop in November.

Cox is the grandson of Kissinger’s former boss, the late President Richard Nixon. That fundraiser will also be held on the Upper East Side of Manhattan — at the home of Cox’s parents, Ed Cox, the New York GOP chairman, and Tricia Nixon Cox, the late president’s elder daughter.

Chris Cox is competing for the Republican nomination with businessman Randy Altschuler, attorney George Demos and former CIA agent Gary Berntsen.