House Democrats Court Big Donors at Weekend Getaway

Tom Steyer / AP

Update: This post and its headline have been corrected to reflect the fact that Tom Steyer has attended the getaway in the past. It is not clear if he will be attending this year’s event.

High-dollar Democratic donors will attend a New Mexico retreat this weekend that has hosted by Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D., N.M.), who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to a January report in Politico.

Draft Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer

Barbara Boxer has decided to spare the country further embarrassment and retire from the U.S. Senate in 2016. California Democrats need a replacement. As of this writing they have only one declared candidate: state attorney general Kamala Harris. Harris is liberal, modish, and a favorite of President Obama’s. But she’s not for me. My man is Tom Steyer.

Yes, Steyer took to the Huffington Post yesterday to say, “I believe my work right now should not be in our nation’s capital but here at home in California, and in states around the country where we can make a difference.” Really, though, Steyer owes it to us—more specifically, he owes it to me—to run. And if you and your friends demand his participation, I think we can get him to change his mind.

Tom Steyer Loves Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer gives himself a round of applause. (AP)

Environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer wanted to be a big player in the 2014 midterm election, but ended up spending tens of millions of dollars without much to show for it. Steyer was by far the biggest political donor of the cycle, contributing a whopping $74 million to Democratic candidates and outside groups in a futile effort to stop the GOP wave.

Steyer is currently thinking about running for Senate in California in the race to replace Barbara Boxer. He seems pretty serious about it, and has even commissioned a poll that found Steyer would be a “strong contender to win,” in part because people in California obsessed with the environment.