Former Obama spokesman to speak at Dem. fundraiser

Published On: Apr 28 2012 07:32:21 PM EDT
Democrat

Michigan Democrats will be listening to ex-presidential press secretary Robert Gibbs when they gather for the state party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner at Detroit's Cobo Center.

Gibbs is expected to offer insights into the 2012 elections during his Saturday evening speech.

He was a campaign strategist and adviser to Barack Obama on his successful 2004 Illinois U.S. Senate run and 2008 presidential campaign. Gibbs was White House press secretary from early 2009 to early 2011, when he became an outside adviser to Obama's re-election campaign.

Gibbs also served as Debbie Stabenow's campaign spokesman in 2000 when the then-congresswoman ran against Republican U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham.

Stabenow upset Abraham in a tight election to become Michigan's first female senator. She's running this year for a third term.