That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
My apologies for the light posting…I’ve been on assignment the past 48 hours.
If ever there was a night that defines the intersection of Hollywood and Washington, tomorrow is it. The annual White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, which usually draws POTUS, the cabinet and many other lobbyists and lawmakers, along with an eclectic mix of celebrities winging their way from L.A. As in other years past, there is drama in the details. Radar and Page Six pick up on lingering questions of whether “The Hills” Heidi Montag was invited, who invited her and whether there was a flap over who would pay her boyfriends’ expenses. Sounds perilously close to all the tiff that precede the Golden Globe awards.
Variety’s William Triplett will be on the scene, as well as to the assorted pre-parties and after parties.
Meanwhile, the White House isn’t releasing any details of exactly what George Bush will do for his final dinner, reports E&P. But they also report that the most notorious guest could not be got: “Some around D.C. had speculated that Eliot Spitzer prostitute Ashley Alexandra Dupre, who had met the disgraced governor at the nearby Mayflower Hotel under the name Kristen, would be a perfect guest. But no such luck.”
The dinner, by the way, will be “berber spiced petite filet, paired with tunisian tabil seared salmon.”
Franken Is Back: Al Franken raises money for his Minnesota Senate race on May 21 at the home of Bruce Cohen and Gabe Catone. Tickets run from $500 for “friend” listing, to $2,300 for co-hosts who give or raise. The host committee includes Greg Berlanti, James Duff, Chad Griffin, Yashar Hedayat, Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard, Stuart Krasnow, Max Mutchnick, Robert Nathan and Damon Wold.
On the campaign front, the GOP is hitting Franken over charges that he earned income in California between 2003 and 2006 but did not pay taxes, reports the StarTribune. Franken’s accountant is trying to sort out whether taxes are owed.
Missouri Candidate: Byron DeLear, opposing Republican Rep. Todd Akin in Missouri, raises money on May 4 at an event in Beverly Hills. The host committee for the $100-per-person event includes Sheen and Bianca Jagger, with entertainment from Chris Bennett and KB Solomon.