DALLAS – Shaking hands with customers and precinct chairs, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine made an unscheduled visit to Gloria’s Latin Cuisine restaurant in the Bishop Arts District Wednesday afternoon.
It was meant to be a spur of the moment visit in a highly-scripted presidential campaign.
After Kaine went inside, his U.S. Secret Service detail had a tow truck meet them in the parking lot and add air to the rear right tire of the Chevrolet Suburban in which the vice presidential nominee was riding.
Despite the photo opportunity at the restaurant, this isn’t a campaign visit. Kaine came to raise money and made two stops in North Texas on Wednesday.
Congressman Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, hosted a $2,500 per person fundraiser at the home of a businessman in Fort Worth.
A couple hours later, Kaine attended another fundraiser at the home of a car dealer in Dallas.
Texas might not have a majority of Democratic voters but it has plenty of Democratic donors.
“They haven’t had a chance of winning a statewide election so if they want to make a difference in national politics, they have to give to national candidates," said Dr. Jim Riddlesperger, a political science professor at Texas Woman's University. "So Texas is a bank for Democratic candidates nationwide."
Kaine is fundraising for two days in Texas. On Wednesday, he also rallied party volunteers in Austin. State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, said his presence could motivate turnout for local and state races.
“There are races up and down that ballot," Watson said. "Coming out of the convention there was so much energy. That energy has continued to grow. I think having him here adds to that."