McCain Sets a 'Colorado Record' with $3.2 Million Dinner
By Juliet Eilperin
CHERRY HILLS, Colo. -- Setting what multimillionaire investor Charles Gallagher called a "Colorado record," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) raised $3.2 million Tuesday night in the Denver suburbs.
Standing on the patio of Gallagher's home, McCain made his usual fundraiser jokes about being welcomed "into this modest, middle-income tract home." After Gallagher murmured about the possibility of a tax break, the senator continued, "These public housing projects are quite remarkable."
McCain paid homage to former Rep. Bob Schaffer, who is running for the Senate this year to replace retiring Republican Wayne Allard, and to former Sen. Hank Brown (R-Colo.), a longtime supporter and fellow Vietnam War veteran.
"I will not let you down. I will always put my country first," McCain said. "This incredible fundraiser makes me even more committed to doing what's right for this country."
Gallagher's home abuts a country club golf course and is located just a couple of houses away from that of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. It featured the usual trappings of a fancy estate: gurgling fountains, manicured topiaries and elaborate fencing.
Tuesday's guests nibbled on appetizers that included Colorado lamb, a morel mushroom bruschetta, lobster salad and ahi tuna on sticky rice, followed by a salad course and Dover sole with caramelized onions. Attendees also received on their way out gift-wrapped copies of "Faith of Our Fathers," the book McCain wrote with his longtime aide Mark Salter.
On the same day that McCain's Senate colleague Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was indicted on federal corruption charges, McCain said Republicans deserved plenty of blame for Americans hating Washington.
July 29, 2008; 11:31 PM ET
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