CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Howard Wilkinson at the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Illinois U.S. Sen. Barack Obama will be in Ohio later this month for a presidential campaign fundraiser. Wilkinson, a veteran political writer with contacts that go far and wide, says Democratic State Sen. Eric Kearney is putting plans together for a Feb. 26 stop. That means Obama is in the race, though his official announcement won't come until tomorrow in Springfield.
Kearney , an Ivy Leaguer, is a legislator who represents a chunk of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. He took over the District 9 state senate seat after Mark Mallory was elected Cincinnati's mayor. Kearney said he thinks Obama will raise money in the six figures in Cincinnati, which will be among his first 10 stops.
Wilkinson noted there are old ties between Kearney and Obama -- Kearney's wife, Jan-Michele, was in the Illinois senator's Harvard Law school class. And the Kearney's attended Obama's wedding.