St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for freckled lads and lasses anymore. These days, everyone is Irish, including Members of Congress.
Many lawmakers are capitalizing on the drinking extravaganza, er, holiday, and using it as a backdrop for fundraisers. The usual suspects such as Reps. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) will be hosting events Thursday, but so will others who don’t have any apparent ties to the land of Guinness and leprechauns.
For example, Rep. Eliot Engel is holding a fundraiser Thursday. Though instead of saying, “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” the invitation reads, “Kiss me, I’m Yiddish.” For $1,000 per person, supporters of the New York Democrat can mix and mingle during their lunch hour at the National Democratic Club Townhouse.
“I may be a Jewish Member of Congress, but on St. Patrick’s Day, we are all Irish,” Engel tells HOH.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.