Another Risqué Fundraiser For Pete Sessions
Democrats are waving the hypocrisy flag on Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the fundraiser in chief for House Republicans whose leadership role is to recruit GOP candidates to help win back the House.
Sessions, the Sleuth has learned, held a fundraiser in February at a racy venue in Las Vegas whose Web site features come-hither looking women scantily clad in lingerie slithering all over each other.
The Texas congressman, who is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, spent a total of $4,391 on "food and beverage costs" at the February event to raise money for his political action committee to benefit GOP candidates, according to federal election records.
The establishment - the Tao nightclub and restaurant on the Strip - isn't as risqué as the fundraiser Sessions held last year at the Forty Deuce burlesque club in Vegas. Still, Tao isn't exactly a paradigm of conservative family values. And it's doubtful such a fundraiser is what GOP leaders have in mind when they talk about rebranding the party.
Republicans point out the NRCC chairman's fundraiser was held at the Tao restaurant, not the Tao nightclub. (Never mind that the two are under the same roof, as the night spot's Web site proudly proclaims.)
The Web site also boasts: "Tao Las Vegas is frequented by celebrities on a regular basis, such as Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Tommy Lee, Britney Spears, Jamie Foxx, Janet Jackson, Bono and Madonna."
Who could have predicted five years ago, after Sessions scolded Super Bowl half-time entertainer Janet Jackson for forcing her "liberal values upon the rest of the country" that he and the pop star would wind up hanging at the same hot spots in Sin City?
Democrats argue Sessions's fundraiser is the height of hypocrisy.
Ryan Rudominer, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the NRCC's counterpart, says, "With no new ideas, and no new strategy, it's no surprise that NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions and the out of touch Republican leadership would rather party at Las Vegas night clubs and a Brittany Spears concert than offer real solutions to the serious economic challenges facing our country."
We give the last word to NRCC spokesman Ken Spain, who says Democrats shouldn't throw stones. "It is ironic that Democrats are making hay out of a trip to Vegas when Nancy Pelosi is doubling down on the futures of our children and grandchildren with trillions in mounting debt."
UPDATE: Our esteemed West Coast bureau chief, Karl Vick, tells us, the following billboards advertising Sessions' fundraising venue of choice are "all over" Vegas.
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