Last night Texas State Senator Wendy Davis joined the DC happy hour scene for a sold out event at Local 16, complete with a wall-sized Texas flag and Filibustinis. The event was part of Davis' fundraising swing through Washington, which also included a 100-person closed-door high-dollar breakfast fundraiser with members of Congress (including Rep. Pete Gallego, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and an assortment of U.S. Senators) and other members of the DC elite. Attendees at the Local 16 fundraiser paid between $25 and $250 to attend.
Davis focused on the need for new leadership in Texas in her remarks, saying,”Texas state leaders have broken faith with the very people who entrusted them with the rich resources of our great state. They now serve to enrich their friends and their own narrow political agenda, and not much else.” On a bipartisan note, she added that, “These weren't just Democrats assembled [in support at the Capitol]. Texans are seeing through the haze.”
Read more after the jump. Rep. Mark Veasey (D-TX-33, Fort Worth) introduced Davis, sharing her personal story and the impact it's had on her beliefs and her service. In a press statement, he remarked, “Senator Wendy Davis has done a wonderful job for Texas. Now, not only are North Texans cheering Wendy on, but people all across our great state and nation. There are so many Texans who live in DC, who are standing with Wendy against turning back the clock on Texas woman and their families, they are coming out and showing their support. This evening we were planning for about 100 people and now we are up to over 300.”
While it was certainly encouraging to see so many DC-based Texans excited to have an opportunity to stand with Wendy, DC residents from around the country also attended the event, proving that Wendy's ability to inspire extends well beyond her home district or even her home state.
The drink menu (at right) was inspiring too, at least for anyone planning a Wendy Davis event.
I was joined by former BOR writer Todd Hill, now living and working in DC, and while the large crowds and tight security made getting a picture with Wendy impossible, she shook hands with as many attendees as she could while being whisked away by staff and volunteers.
This is among Davis' first DC fundraising efforts post-filibuster fame, but it certainly won't be her last.