Today, Gen. David Petraeus will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation as CentCom commander. But Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who has missed 60 percent of votes this session, has other priorities. The AP reports that McCain “is expected to miss the hearing because he is in California,” where he will hold high-dollar fundraisers:
Atherton, CA Finance Luncheon: “Tickets for a Host Committee reception with a photo opportunity are $25,000 per couple (contribute or raise) and tickets for the luncheon are $2,300 per person,” according to McCain’s website.
Stockton, CA Finance Reception: McCain will be attending a “cocktail reception” and fundraiser for his campaign. “Tickets for the general reception are $1,000 per person or $2,300 per person.”
McCain will also hold a media availability and attend a rally in the state. Yesterday, he taped an interview with Ellen Degeneres, which will air today. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), also on the committee, will attend the hearing.