- The Washington Times - Monday, September 1, 2014

O’Hillary? Or oh, Hillary?

Fundraise for Hillary Clinton in Ireland: faith and begorra, that’s exactly what Ready for Hillary did. The independent grass-roots activist group traveled all the way to Ballsbridge - that’s an exclusive suburb of Dublin - to raise $50,000 for Mrs. Clinton, a potential White House candidate.

A hundred fans showed up on Friday night for the event, organized by New York-based attorney Brian O’Dwyer and hosted by local power couple Linda and Brian Farren, who also have raised money for former President Bill Clinton in the past.

The Irish press was intrigued, boasting headlines like “Is Ireland ready for Hillary?” and suggesting that the nation feels ignored by the Obama administration. Meanwhile, only American citizens could donate to the cause, though organizers suggested Irish folks would donate if they could. Mrs. Clinton herself was not at the event. Iowa, rather than Ireland, is calling.

She will attend retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s 37th annual steak fry on Sept. 14 in the company of Mr. Clinton - which might be problematic, as he is a vegan. But no matter. He can have a veggie fry. Ready for Hillary will also be there, incidentally. The group is raffling off an all-expenses-paid trip to the event for an eager Clinton fan.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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