John McCain's Coming to Dallas to Soak Up BBQ Sauce With GOP Bread

George P. Bush, throwing McCain a BBQ fund-raiser in Dallas next week
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

John McCain hasn't allowed media into his fund-raisers, insisting he wants to protect his donors' privacy -- though, more likely, he also wants to protect John McCain's privacy. Barack Obama has also raised dough in private, but earlier this month granted access to a pool reporter for all fund-raising events. Over the weekend, McCain said he'd follow suit -- and just in time too, as a good Friend of Unfair Park fills our in-box this a.m. with news of McCain's travels to Dallas one week from today for two downtown Dallas money-makers.

First up on the agenda is a schmancy meet-and-greet at the Belo Mansion for the Dallas Finance Reception, where chairs are expected to give or raise a measly $57,000, which gets you a "private reception with photo opportunity, two tickets to private dinner [and] membership into RNC's Regent Program" and a subscription to D. Then, at 7 p.m., McCain will desecrate the site of my rehearsal dinner -- Sammy's Barbecue on Leonard Street -- for a "Texas Aviators" Finance Event, which will be chaired and likely attended by the likes of Tom Hicks Jr., Bob Lilly, Andrew Wyly and George P. Bush. Curious, though: Do they mean this Leslie Caron? 'Cause, she's, like, French. --Robert Wilonsky

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.