Missing Ingredient at JJ Dinner? Rolex Jokes

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.”


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  • Anonymous

    You have put your finger on the REAL problem with what passes for “leadership” in the Democratic Party of Virginia.

    We need Democrats like Harry Truman who told us:

    “Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home – but not for housing. They are strong for labor – but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage – the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all – but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine – for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing – but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing – so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”

  • Anonymous

    I’m waiting for Bob and Maureen to be sporting orange jumpsuits soon. Jeez, they are worse than that dude from PG county (Jack Johnson, right?) who got pinched last year flushing money down his toilet. Low class low life grifters who have taken everything that isn’t nailed down in the governors mansion like a horde of locusts. What an embarrassment to our commonwealth.