The Louisiana Democratic Party has rescheduled its annual fundraising dinner for Oct. 6, after the threat of Hurricane Harvey forced the party to ditch its previous plans.
The True Blue Gala, which is held annually in New Orleans, will feature Missouri Democrat Jason Kander as the keynote speaker. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, who is the state's lone Democrat in Washington, is also expected to speak.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is term-limited and in his final months in office, is expected to receive a lifetime achievement award at the event.
Because of the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Harvey, the Louisiana Democratic Part…
The event, which is the state party's largest fundraiser each year, was previously known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner but, following a pattern set by other southern states in recent years, Louisiana Democrats decided to change the name to remove the slave-owning former presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
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Kander, a former Army intelligence officer, was Missouri's secretary of state before narrowly losing last year's Senate race against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt. In recent weeks, Kander, 36, has been the subject of high-profile articles speculating about his rising status and future role in national politics.
Tickets to the True Blue dinner, which will take place at the Hilton Riverside, are $175 each. An after party will also take place with tickets at $30 apiece.