The spirit of bipartisanship was in the air at The Jefferson hotel on the eve of the inauguration. Many of the city’s top media stars, politicos, and diplomats, came together Thursday, January 19 to toast the Senate. Hosted by Connie Milstein, Rachel Pearson, and Kristi Rogers, this event was a rare evening as multiple Senators including Tim Kaine, Amy Klobuchar, Chris Coons, Bob Corker, Deb Fischer, James Lankford, Gary Peters, Mark Warner, and Hawaii’s newest Senator Brian Schatz. House members included Maryland’s Dutch Ruppersberger and Michigan’s Debbie Dingell.
Rachel Pearson and Kristi Rogers lead the toast which celebrated the efforts of everyone in the room to end gridlock in Congress.
The diplomatic corps were well represented at the event. British Ambassador Kim Darroch and Claire Darroch, UAE Ambassador Yousef al Otaiba, German Ambassador Peter Wetting and Huberta von Voss-Wittig, and Australian Ambassador Joe Hockey.
Former House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers, now CNN contributor and radio host, Time Warner’s Carol Melton, Uber’s Niki Christoff, and Lafayette 148’s King Chong joined Steve Clemons, Jeremy and Robyn Bash, Raoul Fernandez, and Heather Podesta.
Washington favorites Kelley McCormick, Polson Kanneth, Melissa Moss, Holly Page, Daniel Lippman and his sister Nadia Szold, Greta Van Susteren and John Coale mixed with out-of-towners MD Anderson’s Dr. Ron DePinho, his wife Dr. Lynda Chin, and media writer Michael Wolff.
Connie Milstein is the proprietor of the Jefferson Hotel and the founder of Dog Tag Bakery.