New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s dogged efforts to pass same-sex marriage in New York have certainly made him a favorite in the LGBT community, but he’s also considered a potential Democratic presidential contender in 2016.
That’s why, even though he doesn’t face reelection until 2014, there’s expected to be substantial interest when he raises money in Los Angeles on Dec. 2 at the home of designer Michael Smith and HBO’s James Costos. Chad Griffin, president of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, also is one of the event chairs.
Also in the list of co-chairs are Irving Azoff, Chris Dodd, Steve Bing, Kevin Huvane, Steve Tisch, Peter Morton and Casey and Laura Wasserman, among others. The tickets to the event start at $1,000 per person, with $5,000 to attend a dinner (and a co-host designation) and $12,500 to be listed as a co-chair.
Smith, Costos and Griffin spearheaded a fundraiser in June for President Obama’s reelection campaign that featured Michele Obama. The Cuomo event was first reported by THR’s Tina Daunt.
Meanwhile, a birthday fete/fundraiser is being organized for Cuomo’s birthday on Dec. 6, with Mary J. Blige to perform.