A Who's Who of Stamford's Democratic leaders attended the fundraiser for Richard Blumenthal that brought President Obama to the city Thursday night, including gubernatorial candidate and former Mayor Dan Malloy, state Sen. Andrew McDonald, and state Reps. Carlo Leone, William Tong and Patricia "Billie" Miller. Mayor Michael Pavia was among a smattering of Republicans joining the crowd.

Miller gave the invocation at the event, which attracted more than 300 and was expected to add $400,000 to Attorney General Blumenthal's coffers for his U.S. Senate run.

Malloy offered remarks, urging the crowd to "stand with the Democratic Party on behalf of this state's great middle class."

"Those of us who are Democrats need to make sure people understand how hard this president, this candidate for senator and Democrats in the room have labored on their behalf," he said.

Obama and Blumenthal entered together at 6:35 p.m., according to reports. Blumenthal thanked Obama for his support and acknowledged the financial resources of Linda McMahon, his Republican rival for the Senate.

"My opponent may have more money, but I've got 20 years worth of friends," Blumenthal said. "You and I have been through tough fights before, and we have celebrated victories. With your help, we'll celebrate another victory this November."

Obama touted Blumenthal's leadership qualities.

"This is the kind of leader you want representing you," he said. "Somebody you know, somebody who shares your values. Somebody who doesn't just show up and try to get a victory by writing a big check and flooding the airwaves with negative ads."

Obama said that with high unemployment and other challenges facing the country, citizens must choose between "fear versus hope" and leaders "who are willing to fight for our people and our future. And Dick Blumenthal is that leader. And that's why I need all of you to make him your next United States senator."