Two former U.S. Senators helped host a fundraiser in New York City Monday night for 8th District Democratic Congressional candidate Tommy Sowers.
Sen. Bob Kerrey and Sen. Bill Bradley joined Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels and other stars from the show at the event for Sowers.
In a FACEBOOK message, Sowers thanked the attendees: "Great friends from Duke, SF, West Point, humbling introductions from Sen Kerrey and Bradley, lots of new folks, and SNL cast (Lorne/Seth/Kristen/Jason) made for a fantastic first NYC fundraiser. Keep spreading the word."
The fundraiser and meet & greet on West 55th Street was sponsored by Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century of New York.
Sowers is challenging Republican Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson in the 8th District.
"LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD"
ALSO: Kerrey, who is Sowers' national finance chair, also sent out a fundraising e-mail for Sowers: "Throughout his decorated career as an Army officer, our friend Tommy Sowers has exhibited the attributes of leadership that our nation so desperately needs in public life: patriotism, honesty, and strength of character. A man of action and not just words, Tommy leads by example and exemplifies the vital notions of duty and personal responsibility---both so important, yet so rare to find. That is why it is with our highest possible recommendation, we are honored to support his candidacy for the U.S. Congress," wrote Kerrey and Jack Jacobs, retired U.S. Army.
"It is unfortunate that in the American political process the margin of victory is determined not by the quality of the candidate but the requirement for substantial resources. So, right from the start, we need to help Tommy Sowers level the playing field and give him the chance of a fair fight," the e-mail continues.
SOWERS CAMPAIGN DEFENDS CONTRIBUTIONS
Asked by The Notebook whether the campaign saw any drawbacks from raising so much money out-of-state, spokesman Jonathan Feifs responded, "Our candidate is raising money from individuals. Unlike former insurance lobbyist Jo Ann Emerson, he can't call other corporate lobbyist friends for contributions."
"Most of Jo Ann Emerson's money is from K Street lobbyists and corporate PACS. I think the symbolism here is our contributors are from individuals," Feifs.
ON SNL Cast Support: "Lorne Michaels was a guest lecturer at West Point in Tommy Sowers' class and has been a supporter of Tommy Sowers, since the campaign began," said Feifs.
The GOP blog The Source recently outlined Sowers' out-of-district contributions. The blog noted that only 11% of Sowers' contributions came from people who can vote for him.
Emerson's campaign declined to comment.