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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in New Orleans in January.

Clinton, Pelosi to hold women's event in San Francisco

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 - 11:01 am

Amid rampant speculation about her presidential aspirations, Hillary Clinton will appear alongside House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for an October fundraiser in San Francisco.

The former secretary of state and first lady has been back and forth to the Bay Area in recent months as part of the tour for her book “Hard Choices” and for meetings with tech companies and officials at a children’s hospital.

The upcoming visit is being billed as a women’s event and signals Clinton’s increased involvement ahead of the midterm elections, including participating in fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee and national groups benefiting candidates for governor, and the House and Senate.

“Secretary Clinton is an extraordinary force for our values and will relentlessly fight to jump start the middle class,” said Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement. “We're thrilled and grateful that she is lending her support to our shared goal of electing a Democratic House of Representatives that will put a stop to the endless cycle of dysfunction and shutdowns from this Republican Congress.”

While the guest list is still being worked out, two possible beneficiaries of the Bay Area event are Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley of Westlake Village, who is in a match-up with Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, and Democrat Amanda Renteria, who is taking on GOP Rep. David Valadao in the San Joaquin Valley.

On Monday, Clinton said she would return to the presidential battleground of Iowa for the first time since falling to President Barack Obama there in 2008. She plans to attend an annual event for Sen. Tom Harkin in September.

Meantime, Ready for Hillary, the political action committee supporting her possible presidential run, has stepped up its events of late, including hosting a recent Sacramento reception chaired by developer Sotiris Kolokotronis and Kings executive Matina Kolokotronis, former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and political consultants Chris Lehane and Karen Skelton.

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago

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