Loud cheers greeted Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Jamie Raskin, at WDC’s June 6 biennial meeting at the Bethesda Marriott. To the capacity crowd, both praised outgoing president Fran Rothstein (Raskin through an original rap routine) as a champion for countless Democratic victories. Congratulating Fran and incoming president Diana Conway, they urged WDC to follow our leaders in facing the crises of our time.Read more
WDC welcomed investigative reporter, author, and magazine columnist Vicky Ward at a luncheon on May 16 at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel. The full house of WDC members and guests were eager to hear from Ms. Ward about her New York Times best-selling book, Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption.. As Ms. Ward explained upon reaching the podium, she had mostly been a New York writer, covering finance, art, and culture, before turning her attention to Washington politics.
There are several basic themes in the book. First, Jared comes from a complicated and troubled family. Next, Ivanka and Jared were supposed to be a moderating influence on Trump but have been anything but using their position for their own commercial gain and creating serious problems for the country along the way. Finally, Trump wanted them to go back to New York but he ultimately couldn’t bring himself to fire them.Read more
WDC was fortuitous in having MSNBC legal analyst Chuck Rosenberg as our luncheon speaker at Normandie Farm on April 18 since the Mueller report had just been released that morning. He began his remarks by emphasizing the importance of the rule of law, both to him personally, and as an overarching principle. Rosenberg spent most of his professional life at the Justice Department. His extensive legal and government experience includes such positions as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and counsel to FBI director Robert Mueller.Read more