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The Dripby Brew Editors2:59 pmFeb 2, 20130

Rawlings-Blake mixes politics with football

Mayor feted at New Orleans fundraiser today.

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.

Today's fundraiser for the newly named secretary of the Democratic National Committee. (Flyer from Rawlings-Blake for Baltimore)

Today’s fundraiser for Baltimore’s mayor. (E-mail flyer from Rawlings-Blake for Baltimore campaign committee)

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.

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