President Barack Obama stopped in the Bay Area Wednesday for a luncheon fundraiser at the Tudor-style mansion of real estate tycoon George Marcus.
In attendance at the event was 21st Congressional District hopeful Amanda Renteria, who is challenging incumbent Hanford Republican David Valadao.
She got a few minutes of face time with the president, and possibly just as important, might benefit financially from the event, which was for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Obama recognized Renteria early on in his remarks.
“And then we’ve got a couple of candidates who are here,” he said after recognizing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Atherton. He then called out Michael Eggman, who is challenging Turlock Republican Jeff Denham in the Stanislaus County-based 10th Congressional District.
“And Amanda Renteria — there she is — Renteria,” Obama said, according to a White House transcript of the event. “Two outstanding candidates and part of what it is that we’re just trying to build here and across the country.”
Around 90 guests were expected at the event. Ticket prices ranged from $10,000 per person to $32,400 per couple.
A few months ago, the DCCC reserved around $1 million in air time for mid-September in the Bakersfield and Fresno markets. That no doubt will be for ads helping Renteria David Valadao.
Renteria also was able to speak with Obama for a few minutes, saying she pressed the point that the central San Joaquin Valley can’t continue to be forgotten.
“(I) took the opportunity to talk with the president about our water, immigration, education and job crises,” she said. “It’s time for some action. I will work with everyone to do what it takes to get things done for our Valley.”
Political pundits say the 21st District battle between Valadao and Renteria is one of a handful of congressional races cross the nation that are competitive.