The annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner for the Virginia Democratic Party historically takes place in February, during the middle of the legislative session.
This has a couple of advantages. One, you have a built-in audience with fifty-plus Democratic legislators, plus their staffs, on hand in Richmond. Second, there’s few (if any) competing social events. All the fabulous people are in town.
Regardless, the DPVA put the event on this Saturday, June 29, and manfully (womanfully?) worked to fill the house, inviting the Vice-President Joe Biden to make the keynote address. It was a smaller crowd than usual at the Convention Center, but as always a lot of friends were there and the drinks flowed freely.
There were a lot of speeches, with Joe Biden’s being the loudest. Most of the time and effort was spent hammering Ken Cuccinelli and the Tea Party.
What was missing was what I most expected: a focus on the shocking revelations coming out about the McDonnell Administration and the gifts received from Star Scientific and Johnie Williams.
Let’s review the facts: in the last three months, we have learned that Williams lavished multiple gifts on the Governor’s family, including a Rolex watch (value $6,000), an Oscar de la Renta jacket (value $10,000) and the catering bill at a wedding (value $15,000).
In return, the Governor used the mansion to promote the “products” of Star Scientific, such as they might be. The First Lady also traveled in her official capacity to various locations to promote this business. Few, if any, of these facts were reported on the public disclosures which all lawmakers are required to file each year.
This is all great comic material on Virginia’s ranking Republican.
So where we the jokes on Saturday night? Is there some sort of hands-off policy from DPVA? If so, what’s the point of that?
Leave it to Dick Saslaw, the one-man Borscht Belt, to relate these events to the pending election contest:
“Vote for McAuliffe. He can afford his own Rolex.”