Politico - Biden’s most revealing move may have been to hold a little-discussed Sunday night party at the vice president’s mansion. He invited about 200 Democratic insiders over to his home and the guest list included some of the most influential figures in national and early-state Democratic politics.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson , former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, NAACP head Ben Jealous, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon all were in attendance. C
But what really raised eyebrows among the attendees were just how many Democrats from the traditional first nominating states made the trek to the Naval Observatory.
There were big names such as South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat and a Palmetto State powerhouse, but also lesser-known activists.
In addition to D’Allesandro, New Hampshire was represented by Jim Demers, a lobbyist and early Obama supporter, state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, former Rep. Paul Hodes, former state party chairman Ned Helms, state party executive director turned state House aide Ryan Mahoney and longtime Biden friend Mary Carey Foley. The Democratic leader of the Iowa Senate, Mike Gronstal, was there along with state House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Dvorsky and her husband, state Sen. Robert Dvorsky. A group of activists also attended, including old Biden friends from his past campaigns such as Cedar Rapids lawyer Sara Riley.