The recently re-installed Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, will be the featured speaker at the Connecticut Democrat’s annual fundraising dinner. Pelosi is known, among other things, for her ability to bring home the bennies, and Connecticut Democrats no doubt will be happy to receive them – not that the state’s Democrat Party is, by any measure, a poor waif begging for pennies on street corners.
The Annual Gathering of Democrats used to be called “The Jefferson, Jackson, Bailey Dinner.” But Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, author of the Declaration of Independence, and Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, generally regarded as the father of the modern Democrat Party, were both booted from the marque some years ago because both were slave owners. Jackson, in addition, displaced Native Americans from their ancestral homelands in what later became known as “The Trail of Tears.”
Upon ejection, the Hartford Courant noted editorially that Connecticut Democrats were well rid of the two. Their displacement left Connecticut Party boss John Bailey as the lone survivor, and the event is now called The John Bailey Dinner, to be held this year on Friday, June 21 at the Hartford Civic Center. The price of tickets range from $200, general admission, to $1,000 for deep pocket VIPs. The counterpart money grab among Republicans is called The Prescott Bush Dinner. Neither Bailey, the last Connecticut Democrat Party boss, nor Bush, Connecticut’s U.S. Senator from 1952 to 1963 -- the political scion of the Bush dynasty that produced two U.S. Presidents, father and son George H.W. Bush and George H. Bush – owned slaves.