Football is not the only item on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Super Bowl agenda in New Orleans.
The mayor was feted earlier today at a fundraiser hosted by Louisiana politicians and power players. Also on her agenda – a trip to Gretna, La., to celebrate Baltimore’s close ties with the New Orleans suburb in the company of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
The Rawlings-Blake fundraiser at the Buckner Mansion, said to be the biggest antebellum estate in New Orleans, calls for donation levels between $250 and $4,000.
The event was co-hosted by State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party, and Congressman Cedric Richmond representing New Orleans.
Other co-hosts include Metro Disposal, a minority-owned garbage company; HGI-Global, which handles disaster-related claims for federal and state governments; and Davillier Law Group, which represents national and local real estate developers and professional athletes.
Rawlings-Blake was cast into the national limelight last month when she was appointed secretary of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
While mostly clerical, the position also holds behind-the-scenes influence for those seeking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
Among prospective candidates in the 2016 race is Gov. O’Malley, who has played a critical role in Rawlings-Blake’s political ascent in Baltimore and, more recently, her rising national profile.