Rick Perry's Men-Only Fundraiser Dinner

Crossposted on Huffington Post.

Guess who’s not coming to dinner?

In an invitation circulating this week, Governor Rick Perry is inviting some of his closest, wealthiest friends to a “Wild Game” dinner in Houston--just not their wives.

The invitation from Perry’s State Finance Chair James H. Lee boasts an all-male host committee and encourages interested men to “share your views” with the Governor during an all-male dinner hour. “We are limiting the crowd so you will have a chance to talk to Rick,” it reads, and notes that after dinner, “wives/significant others join us for Pat Green.”

Yes, because that’s how Rick Perry thinks things work here in Texas. If you’re a woman, you speak when spoken to, eat when your husband’s done eating, and certainly don’t have enough social standing to even be invited to a fundraiser. He might as well have told men to leave their wives at home so they could make sure they had a gin and tonic ready for them as a nightcap when they got home.

The event kicks off at 5:30 PM and runs until 9 PM, which has this “wife/significant other” wondering...what the hell are the women supposed to do during the dinner? Stand around and discuss petticoat sizing? Work on their needlepoints? A dress code for the men--let’s be honest, it’s “Dubya-casual”--is noted on the invitation, encouraging men to wear blue jeans, boots and a sport coat. But there’s no mention of what the female guests are supposed to wear, so it seems they accept attire ranging from French Maid to Sarah Palin-chic.

As for the “Wild Game” theme, it’s hard to say whether they’re referring to the testosterone-fueled host committee, which consists of at least three of Forbes’ 400 Wealthiest Americans, or the menu, which offers tempting dishes like “Stuffed Pheasant” and “Assorted Wild Game Sausages.”

At $15, 000 a head (no pun intended), that’s a pretty expensive sausage fest. But if Republican men who segregate women from the dining room are your thing then I could see how it’d be a worthwhile investment. Regardless, if there’s one thing the nation should know about Texas, it’s that we know a lot about sausage, and if there’s one thing the nation should know about Rick Perry, it’s that he knows a lot about throwing a good ol’ fashioned sausage fest.

1 Response to "Rick Perry's Men-Only Fundraiser Dinner"

  • Chuck Says:

    Everyone needs to contact Rachel Maddow's show to let them know about this! Rick Perry is a pig!