U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the House Democrats' caucus chairman and one of seven managers prosecuting the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, will deliver the keynote address at the Colorado Democratic Party's Obama Dinner in April, the party said this week.
The New York Democrat is serving his fourth term in Congress, representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens. When he was running his first congressional campaign, The Washington Post wondered if he was "Brooklyn's Barack Obama," but Jeffries shrugged off the comparison, other than to note he shares a birthday with the former president and the namesake of the Colorado Democrats' annual fundraising dinner.
U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, the freshman Democrat from Aurora, is one of Jeffries' fellow impeachment managers.
Jeffries got some attention this week for quoting hip-hop artist the Notorious B.I.G. on the floor of the U.S. Senate, responding to a question posed by Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's lawyers in the impeachment proceedings.
"We are here because President Trump pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen for political and personal gain. We are here because President Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election and corrupted our democracy," Jeffries said, and then went on to list a few more of the Democrats' allegations.
Then he dropped a lyrical bomb from Biggie's 1994 hit "Juicy."
"We are here, sir, to follow the facts, apply the law, be guided by the Constitution and present the truth to the American people. That is why we are here, Mr. Sekulow, and if you don’t know, now you know.”
The state Democrats’ annual fundraising dinner, which used to be called the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, is set for Saturday, April 18, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. It takes place in the evening after the Democrats hold their state assembly and convention in the same location.
Tickets to the dinner start at $150, with full tables going for as much as $10,000.
Last year, about 1,500 people attended.
The Democrats said the dinner "will celebrate the 2019 election accomplishments while honoring the candidates, volunteers, and people that made it all possible."
Political consultant Josh Miller, the deputy state director for Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign, will be on hand to emcee the dinner, he told Colorado Politics.
The party hands out a slew of awards at the dinner. After the party swept the 2018 elections, there will be no shortage of elected officials trooping across the dais to deliver updates and thank supporters.
Previous keynote speakers at the dinner include last year's notables, California Rep. Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee and the leader of the impeachment managers, and New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland, the first Native American woman ever to preside over the U.S. House of Representatives.
Previous years featured keynoters Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, then-Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, then-Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, when he was mayor of Newark, New Jersey.