Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WHAT THE? Sen. Flake Fundraiser Invite Features Star Trek Actor George Takei (Sulu) With Vulcan Salute; Reelection Campaign Will "Live Long and Prosper" (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) continues to raise funds for his re-election campaign... in 2018. But, this invitation for a November 5 lunch fundraiser was eye-catching enough to merit a mention at Politico today. (photo below)

Along with separate invites for two Representatives (Joe Pitts and Lee Terry) - all three using the same fundraising consultant - the e-mail features a photo of iconic Star Trek actor George Takei delivering the even-more-iconic Vulcan salute.

There is no further explanation, and it does not appear that the actor and human rights activist is connected in any way with the series of fundraisers.

Previous Flake fundraisers to earn mentions in Arizona's Politics are the post-shutdown weekend at the Royal Palms resort and the evening at the Washington Nationals/Arizona Diamondbacks "Take Flake Out To the Ballgame" game.

As of September 30 (2013), Flake's committee has only $26,000 cash on hand.

(Perhaps this invitation signifies that the reelection campaign will "live long and prosper".)

(h/t to Byron Tau's Political Influence column at Politico)

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