by Chet Hardin
We just got word from Christy LeLait, the executive director of the El Paso County Democratic Party, that Ed Schultz will not be available for the upcoming Democratic fundraiser.
LeLait forwarded us this message from Schultz:
"I have been informed by MSNBC that I cannot speak at your dinner. This is a fund raiser and it violates NBC News Standards and Practices policy manual. I'm allowed to speak at conventions pre-approved by MSNBC but not political fund raisers. I [am] deeply sorry as this is my mistake."
So there you go.
He says that he will discuss the matter on his show Monday.
—- ORIGINAL POST, Friday, Feb. 3, 10:34 a.m. —-
On Saturday, Feb. 25, the El Paso County Democratic Party will be hosting its inaugural Will Rogers Gala at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
The keynote speaker: liberal TV talker Ed Schultz, of The Ed Show on MSNBC.
According to the county's party chair, Kathleen Ricker: "Ed Schultz is a honest, unflinching voice of reason in these days of political insanity. He does not back down in supporting working class families and unions. Ed Schultz and Colorado Springs are a natural fit and we are excited to have him here."
The Peak Dems have also lined up Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia to be there, as well as environmental lawyer — and wife of Sen. Michael Bennet — Susan Daggett.
This paper's very own Rich Tosches will be the master of ceremonies.
If you wanna hang out with the county's Democrats for the evening, it will cost you $90. Visit peakdems.org or call 473-8713 to order tickets. There's also a private reception with Schultz prior to event, and tickets for that pleasure are $250 and $500. Deadline is Feb. 20.
The evening takes off at 5, with a silent auction.