Hillary Clinton will be the honoree at a June event hosted by a group founded by President Barack Obama’s recently departed top strategist, David Axelrod.
The organization, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, was formed by Axelrod and his wife, Susan, to find a cure for a disease that severely affected their daughter.
Clinton was the first keynote the group ever had at its annual dinner in 1999, when she was still first lady but was already looking at a U.S. Senate run in New York. She also launched a White House summit on epilepsy while her husband was still in office.
Axelrod also worked on that Senate race, eight years before he helped steer Obama to victory in a brutal primary fight against Clinton. Having Clinton at the first dinner after she left the Obama administration is a bookend of sorts to their shared history.
The event is in mid-June in Chicago. In a release about the event, Susan Axelrod called Clinton “one of the founding mothers of CURE.”
Clinton has been a featured speaker at a number of issues-related events since she left the State Department a few months ago, but has also joined the paid speaking circuit. She was due to speak in Naples, Fla. Monday at a conference hosted by Fidelity Investments.
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