You read that right, kids: on Tuesday, Feb. 21, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D, 2nd District) will celebrate Mardi Gras by holding a fundraiser for her U.S. Senate campaign with Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers.
“The very first rock concert Mazie attended featured the Doobie Brothers,” states the press release announcing the fundraiser, which will take place (of course) at the Kihei house belonging to Shep Gordon. You may know him from such celebrity manager gigs as Alice Cooper, Ben Vereen, Kenny Loggins and Raquel Welch (local musician Tom Conway, dubbed by Anu Yagi as Maui’s “Six-String Sensei,” will also attend).
Who knew that Haiku resident Simmons A) supported Hirono’s slightly-left-of-center politics and B) disliked the prospect of former Republican Governor Linda Lingle winning a seat in the U.S. Senate so much that he’d show at a political fundraiser? Actually, the Center for Responsive Politics says Simmons gave former Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich–one of the more lefty guys to run for the White House in the last, oh, century–nearly $4,500 since 2004, so his presence at a Hirono event isn’t that surprising (Gordon is no stranger to politics either, having given Hirono $500 back in 2007).
Anyone willing to donate at least $100 to Hirono’s campaign (“not deductible for federal income tax purposes”) can attend, and those ponying up $1,000 or more can attend a special 5:30pm “pre-reception” with Hirono and Simmons (the whole event runs 6:30-8:30pm). For more information, email Josh Handelman at firstname.lastname@example.org.