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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Is Democratic fundraiser blowing smoke in Buchanan's face?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Looks like Democrats are REALLY hoping that Mary Beth Buchanan becomes the Republican challenger for Jason Altmire in US District 4.

A May 5 Democratic Committee fundraiser, after all, will feature two of Buchanan's most prominent targets. According to a press release sent out by the committee yesterday: 

The Allegheny Democratic Committee will be hosting "Laugh Till You're Blue: An Evening of Comedy with Tommy Chong" on May 5 2010 at the IBEW #5, in the Southside of Pittsburgh.

... Dr. Cyril Wecht has agreed to be the guest emcee for this event.

"The announcement that Tommy Chong will headline our event, with Dr. Cyril Wecht as our guest emcee has already generated a great deal of excitement and we are expecting a good crowd." said Allegheny County Democratic Committee Chairman Jim Burn. "In addition to our traditional supporters, we believe that this event will appeal to demographic, particularly young voters, that we do not normally see at our traditional fundraisers."

Chong, of course, was nailed by Buchanan for his role in a bong-selling operation. Buchanan's widely-derided effort to prosecute Wecht, meanwhile, ended up with the charges being dropped. 

I like the in-your-face spirit of this line-up, though I'm not sure this is gonna connect with young voters the way Burn hopes. It's a better way to connect with voters who were young, like, a few decades ago. It reminds me a bit of Wecht's attempt, way back in his 1999 county executive campaign, to shore up his credentials with black voters by appearing with Johnnie Cochran. We know how that turned out.

On the other hand, Burn himself always amuses me. When I asked whether the line-up indicated that Dems wanted Buchanan to win the May primary, Burn said, "I never pull for Republicans to win. I'm hoping for a 0-0 tie."

 

Maybe Burn ought to do his own routine that night?

If you're interested, the fundraiser is slated to start at 8 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) Tickets are $30.00; for more, drop a dime on the Committee at 412-281-8901.

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