Trolling for Dollars (Oaktown Style)

For a guy mounting an anti-war primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., a Bay Area stop is a fundraising must. So businessman Ned Lamont swept through town yesterday, attending one event at Rubicon in San Francisco before hustling across the bridge for another at the Uptown Nightclub in Oakland.

Under a bank of yellow stage lights, he treated more than 25 political watchers at the Uptown to his standard stump speech, lambasting Lieberman for questioning the patriotism of those who oppose the war in Iraq. Lamont is considered a long shot to replace the well-funded incumbent, but his campaign has proved more vigorous than anticipated. Lieberman recently declared he will run as an independent if he loses the primary, which made observers take Lamont even more seriously.

Among the gushing spectators was lawyer Spencer Weisbroth, now the business affairs director for Grammy-award winning Kronos Quartet. “It’s very refreshing to hear a Democrat talk like a Democrat,” Weisbroth said. Lamont heads to Los Angeles today in what campaign manager Tom Swan calls a “seed planting” swing. The campaign hopes to raise at least $250,000 in California.

Dan Levine

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