Podesta Bash Lures High-Profile Democrats

Posted October 24, 2009 at 9:59am

A parade of women and men wearing cherry red loafers and berry pumps converged at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Friday night, all in the name of Democratic powerbroker Tony Podesta’s 65th birthday. Guests were encouraged to don red shoes for the fete, a riff on Podesta’s penchant for wearing red loafers.Podesta, who toiled away during the lean years of the Republican heyday, has seen a rise in publicity and prominence on K Street as he has flexed his fundraising muscles and close ties to the White House.He and his wife, Heather, are big donors to the museum. They held court for more than 100 people including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Nevada Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, and his brother John Podesta, head of the Center for American Progress.Several partners from Podesta’s firm were also in attendance, including John Scofield, Jaime Harrison and Donni Turner.