Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine will be in Maryland on Wednesday for a fundraiser hosted by David Trone, the wealthy businessman who ran an expensive yet unsuccessful campaign for Congress this year.
Tickets for the Montgomery County event start at $1,000, according to an invitation obtained by The Sun. To stick around for dinner, though, attendees will have to cough up at least $27,000.
Trone, the co-owner of national liquor retailer Total Wine & More, ran in the closely watched 8th Congressional District Democratic primary this year. He lost to state Sen. Jamie Raskin despite spending an astounding $13.4 million of his own money on the contest.
The fundraiser is only the latest indication that the loss has not soured Trone on politics. He made a large donation to the Democratic Party ahead of its national convention this summer, and he showed up in Philadelphia to meet with members of Maryland's delegation.
There is rampant speculation that Trone is interested in running for office again, perhaps for Montgomery County executive or for the 6th Congressional District if incumbent Rep. John Delaney takes a shot at governor in 2018.
So far, Trone has not publicly addressed his future.
Kaine, who was in Baltimore last month to speak to the National Urban League, might be wise to remember the brouhaha from an earlier Trone-hosted fundraiser as he takes the stage on Wednesday. The businessman received some flack from fellow Democrats in February for releasing a web video featuring President Barack Obama at a fundraiser at Trone's home in 2015.
Obama was shown in the campaign web video singing Trone's praises and suggesting, "We could run him for something." The campaign then splashed a line of text across the screen: "Good idea."
A party spokesman stressed at the time that Obama had not endorsed a candidate in the the primary.