What happens when you throw a fund raiser and nobody buys tickets? Well if you are Hillary Clinton you “invite” men.
Successful attorney and champion of many liberal causes Silda Wall Spitzer (who is also the ex wife of client #9 Elliot Spitzer) threw a $2,700-per-person, “just for women” meeting with the presumptive Democratic Party nominee yesterday in New York, New York, the city so liberal they tax you twice. Because there weren’t enough rich/powerful women who felt like attending, at the very last minute they invited men to fill the 60% of the seats that were still unsold.
According to Page Six.com:
The “Conversation With Hillary Clinton” event at Midtown law firm Akin Gump was originally aiming to attract 125 women. An e-mail invitation seen by Page Six said the event is “just for women.” But by Friday, “They’d only sold 50 tickets, so they threw it open to men,” a source said. “Ticket sales were supposed to close at 10 a.m. Sunday, but the hostesses were working the phones and pushed the deadline till Monday.”
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In the end men purchased another 40 tickets which means the event raised $243K, or about 70% of the originally expected take of $337.5K.
We hear about 90 attendees included former Bill Clinton aide Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and his husband Randy Florke, Maurice Tempelsman, Jill Braufman (wife of hedge funder Daniel Nir), Jean Shafiroff and Susan Cole. The event began at noon, but Clinton arrived at 1 p.m. in “a royal blue jacket and black pants.” She then took pictures with donors and delivered a half-hour speech before leaving at about 2 p.m.
Silda introduced Clinton as a “tough, authentic leader,” which is probably more than she can say about her hard-charging ex Eliot. In a possible nod to her host, Clinton quoted Eleanor Roosevelt, quipping, “Every woman in public life needs to develop skin as tough as rhinoceros hide.”
Topics included “clean energy,” mental-health care for college kids, keeping but “revising” Obamacare, Vladimir Putin, and America’s heroin and meth “epidemic.”
Probably not covered was the email server scandal, the Clinton Foundation scandal, or Benghazi. Additionally at $2,700 a head I am sure Ms. Clinton didn’t ask donors who wanted pictures or autographs to go to the back of the line as she did earlier in the day when she met with the “common folk.”