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Lawmakers look to bring in the pesos on Cinco de Mayo

Several lawmakers are sending out invitations to the most festive of May holidays, Cinco de Mayo. 22 Democratic representatives are listed as invitees for six upcoming Cinco de Mayo events in the Party Time database. One fundraiser in particular, the “Reception Celebrating Cinco de Mayo” on May 3, lists 19 members of Congress as invitees. The scheduled event is to support the Congressional Hispanic Caucus/ Building our Leadership Diversity PAC (CHC BOLD).

Three of the invitees to the CHC BOLD event are also hosting fundraisers of their own. Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, the current chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will hold a “Cinco de Mayo Birthday Celebration” at the 21 Century Townhouse on May 5. Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., is also planning a “Cinco de Mayo Celebration” on May 4 at the UPS Townhouse. The invitation suggests that for a contribution of $250 an invitee will earn the title of “amigo”.

Rep. Joe Pastor, D-Ariz., will be celebrating the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla on May 5 at the offices of the lobbying firm Dutko Group at 412 First Street SE. If Rep. Pastor decides to attend all the Cinco De Mayo functions for which he is a featured guest then his event would be the last in a three fundraiser whirlwind for the congressman who is listed on the invitation for Rep. Tim Ryan's, D-Ohio, "Second Annual Tequila Tasting” as well as the CHC BOLD event. Also, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., has scheduled a fiesta on May 5 at Lounge 201 and Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., is holding a “Cuatro de Mayo Party” on May 4 at the Strategic Healthcare Townhouse at 230 Second Street SE.

In addition to the events held by several Democrats, the Party Time database has a Cinco de Mayo event invitation for a single Republican. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., will be starting things off early on May 5 with a "Cinco de Mayo Breakfast" at Tortilla Coast. Interestingly the Gosar event is the only Cinco de Mayo event that Party Time is aware of that will be taking place at a Mexican restaurant.