Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit San Antonio and be part of a fundraising dinner on Nov. 18 at the home of Henry Muñoz III, the Rivard Report has learned.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) emailed an invite to local Democratic supporters Thursday afternoon. Muñoz, CEO of local architectural firm Muñoz and Co., has been the DNC’s finance chairperson since 2013.
“This is a great opportunity to meet Vice President Biden and support the DNC to ensure that the White House remains in Democratic hands in 2016,” wrote Karina Marquez, DNC finance assistant, in the email invite.
The Rivard Report attempted to contact Muñoz, the Bexar Democratic Party, Biden’s office, and U.S. Democratic representatives Joaquin Castro (District 20), Lloyd Doggett (District 35) and Henry Cuellar (District 28), for more information about the fundraiser dinner.
As of Friday afternoon, only Doggett’s press secretary Leslie Tisdale had responded, confirming that Doggett learned of the dinner. But because the event would take place in the middle of a busy voting week for Congress, Doggett said he would not be able to attend, Tisdale said.
Vice President Biden and Second Lady Jill Biden last visited in San Antonio in January 2015, when the VP addressed the Student Veterans of America conference at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa.
Following months of speculation, Biden announced in October that he would not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. The former U.S. Senator from Delaware did run for president in 1988 and 2008.
Muñoz has parlayed his business successes in San Antonio into a prominent position on the national Democratic political scene. He led President Obama’s fundraising strategy in the Latino community and is the first Hispanic to serve as DNC finance chairman. This past June, Muñoz helped to organize a fundraising event in San Antonio for Hillary Clinton, the current Democratic presidential frontrunner.
According to the invite for the Nov. 18 fundraiser, a party supporter may write a $10,000 check or raise $15,000 to have a guest accompany him/her to dinner with the vice president and have a photo opportunity.
A $5,000 check includes one dinner ticket and a photo with the vice president. A $1,000 check or raising $5,000 gets you a photo and into a reception.
*Top image: Henry Munoz III looks at the San Antonio skyline during the Latina Leadership commencement ceremony on Oct. 19. Photo by Scott Ball.