Colorado Lincoln Club members spread the cheer at their holiday party on Dec. 11 at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association’s well-known venue — and at the same time raked in some green for their red candidates for 2014. The live and silent auctions, combined with ticket sales, donations to participate in the preference polls, and of course the bar proceeds, raised about $5,000 on this festive night, and will be divided among the century-old Club’s small donor and political committees. It was the Club’s second holiday party which now has begun a tradition in the years that preceed an election. Club President Mary Dambman said that member John Zakhem — a real elf who always helps out the Club — was responsible for bringing in so many newbies. About 100 people partook in all the Republican revelry — so many that they had to make an extra ice run for all the beverages that were served that night.
Before we chat about the fun auction items that were up for bid, we’ll get down to the real politics of the evening with the announcement of the preference poll results. Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz placed first for president; for next year’s U.S. Senate race, state Rep. Amy Stephens narrowly edged out 2010 nominee Ken Buck; and in the race for governor, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, well known in the Denver GOP community, edged out former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo for top place.
As for the auction itself, U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez showed off his ability to talk fast as he presided over the action. Centennial Institute President John Andrews donated two tickets to the 2014 Western Conservative Summit, which were nabbed by Bob Larkin and his wife Rene.
Lunch with state Rep. Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff went for a high of $350, purchased by John Zakhem. Beauprez himself was the successful bidder for lunch with new Sen. George Rivera of Pueblo.
Perhaps the luckiest bidder that night was Club Prez Dambman herself. She ended up purchasing lunch with Independence Institute President Jon Caldara for $200. Dambman said she’s considering inviting two lady friends from the Lincoln Club to join her and Caldara, maybe at the McDonalds near Caldara’s office. On second thought, Dambman said she has a gift certificate for Randolph’s Restaurant at the nearby Warwick Hotel, so they’ll probably dine there and make it a real party.
As for the “Vote Yes, Recall Morse” sign that was up for grabs, Dambman acknowledged having confiscated a couple of them and giving one to the Colorado Federation of Republican Women for their recent convention, and the other to her Lincoln Club’s auction.
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