Senator “skipper” celebrates himself
December 13th – be there or be square! Senator John “Skipper” Kerry (D-MA) is planning a big celebration – of himself. Kerry, who was recently caught cheating his home state out of about $500K in taxes (story here), has rented the Boston Symphony for a combination celebration and campaign fundraiser. (story here from the Boston Herald)
Battle-weary Bay State Democrats are getting squeezed by U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry this Christmas, as the nation’s richest senator puts the arm on cash-strapped party donors to fill his campaign war chest — even though he’s not up for re-election for another four years.
“I think people feel very tapped-out,” said Phil Johnston, former Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman, who is helping to organize Kerry’s Dec. 13 gala. Johnston, who said he is seeing steady ticket sales, still expects a full house.
“It’s a mea- sure of John Kerry’s strength among Democrats that this event should be hugely successful,” he said.
The state’s senior senator — recently ranked the nation’s richest with $2.7 million in his campaign coffers and an estimated net worth of $239 million — is asking fellow Democrats to open their wallets yet again after they dug deep during a hard-fought election year. His extravaganza at the Boston Symphony — where tickets range from $75 to $4,800 — could be a tough sell as the party’s rank-and-file struggles through another Christmas in a tough economy.
“For Democrats, there’s a bit of fatigue — people have been giving aggressively,” said Democratic consultant Scott M. Ferson, president of the Liberty Square Group. “But we need John Kerry now more than ever. He’s one of the few (Massachusetts) Democrats left in a leadership position.”
Jeez, I wish I would have known sooner. I would have loved to go but I’m getting my nails done on the 13th. Drat!
Boston University pol-itical professor Thomas Whalen said the extravagant blowout — meant to celebrate Kerry’s 25 years in the Senate and 45 years of public service — could be a turnoff to struggling Bay Staters.
“The symbolism really works against him, which is typical of Kerry,” Whalen said. “It doesn’t exactly portray him as a man of the people. He could inadvertently tick off a lot of supporters given that a lot of people are going through a tough time.”
I guess I’ll just have to send a card to thank him for his 45 years of “public service.” Oh yeah, did I mention that he served in Vietnam too?