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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.

Rep. Pete Sessions
Rep. Pete Sessions drew heat for a 2008 fundraiser in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 4, 2009; 3:02 PM ET
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Ken spain - your temper tantrum at the end makes absolutely no sense. Can't defend Sessions, can you.

What hypocrits - and these are the "family values" folks. Tell me another one...

Posted by: bluesneakers | May 4, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are sooo sexy. You got Michelle Bachmann talking about orgies and federal spending ejaculation, then there is the teabagging, and now this. Must be all that pent up sexual frustration. They must be ABSOLUTELY KINKY IN THE MOTEL ROOMS! WOW!

Posted by: hayden1 | May 4, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Family Values at their finest folks...

Wonder what Jesus thinks of his Repugs...

Wonder what their wives had to say,and how their kids were embarassed at school...


Wonder how many STD's got passed around after that....

NICE goin guys...

Posted by: dragonfly2x | May 4, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

The RepubliCONS are such HYPOCRITS. They loudly profess to be Christians and yet they never seem to be happy unless they are out WHORING AROUND and any establishment devoted to SEX is all they need. Now I understand why Larry Craig wasn't welcomed since he prefers a different type of liasion.

But Sessions was just named Leader of the Judicial Committee so that he can obstruct Obama's nominee for SCOTUS regardless of who that might be. Aren't they a lovely bunch? They undoubtly had more than just a meal to eat and we will never know the TOTAL SUM for those extracurricular events.

Posted by: MadasHelinVA | May 4, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey Baby, you gonna give me a big tip? Ooh, that's a big wallet. Yes, I know you're an important man in government. Ooh, I like when you talk 'morals,' and family-values with me. I promise not to tell your wife. Tell your evangelical pastor that I miss him and said hi. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | May 4, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

These are reputable clubs, with clientele of higher executive stature...Beautiful women are a backdrop...many women enjoy these venues..IT's FUN. Are you condemning the congressman, the club or both.

Posted by: tiotom77 | May 5, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

No hun, We're condeming the congressman. If that crzay a$$ party wouldn't be trying to put God in everything. Maybe they could carry some traction.

They are a bunch of angry, crazy acting FOOLS!

Posted by: DCOriginal | May 5, 2009 5:21 AM | Report abuse

I looked at the website expecting to see something risque and was disappointed. It's a club in Las Vegas and they have a few pictures of women. Geez. Nothing exciting at all about that. It's not as if the GOP was hosting a fund raiser amidst strippers and their poles.

Posted by: bdubs3 | May 5, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

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.

This line should win some kind of award.

Posted by: jttx | May 5, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Excellent article by "The Sleuth" on Sessions!!! I have been to the Tao restaurant with my wife, daughter and parents while staying at the Venitian. Its located in the attached Grand Canal Shoppes (a shopping mall). I will admit the decadence is unbelievable. On our walk through the mall I had to divert my wife's eyes from the Ann Taylor store, then my Dad from entering the Haagen Daz store (before dinner!) and daughter from being lured into the seedy Kids Karnivale. Yes these are all under the same roof.

As "The Sleuth" pointed out at the end of her "story" the fundraiser was held in the restaurant not the night club. Here is the separate website for the restaurant which apparently she failed to include in lieu of the nightclub website.

Most risque thing there is the Spicy Shrimp (naughty, naughty).

By the way good old mom said she'd wait till after dinner to get that foot massager at Brookstone located just across the mall.

With excellent reporters like "The Sleuth", I for one cannot believe newspapers like the Washington Post are finding their circulation declining.

Posted by: flexcell | May 5, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this the idiot who laughed about taking a play out of the Taliban playbook in obstructing everything our president is trying to accomplish in undoing Bush 8 years of f@ckups ?


I hope he got enough money to relocate all the way to Afghanistan. Bet his old lady will look great in a birka.

Family values my @ss. i wish all of these right wing nutjobs would just say "NO" to breathing.

Posted by: dennissuper | May 5, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

These libs are no longer going to get away with this mantra!

Posted by: Kansasgirl | May 5, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

So he had it at the restaurant, and not the night club. It's still the same establishment. The money goes into the same pockets, and it's used to promote activities at the night club. These are activities that Pete's party publicly aligns itself against; the Right was only too happy to rip Harold Ford for showing up at the Playboy mansion or Playboy club or whatever it was.

I found the Sleuth's posting of the night club ad pretty interesting. Note the use of the phrase "always a happy ending." What sort of "happy ending" are they talking about? For those of you who don't know, it's street code for the consummation of a sexual act usually done for money. Whatever is meant by that ad, apparently you "always" get one at the Tao night club. Was this really the best choice for a venue ("honey, we only were at the restaurant!") by the party of family values?

Next time try Disney.

Posted by: HarryBosch | May 6, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Flexcell posted only the restaurant website in his misleading post. Check out what else is there, under the same roof....

Posted by: westcan | May 7, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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