Lena Dunham, the star, creator and producer of HBO’s hipster-ific series Girls, took to Twitter today to encourage her more than 200,000 followers to take on the Tea Party by “eat[ing] dope shit” at a series of dinners dedicated to raising money to defeat a “targeted list” of Tea Party incumbents picked by a liberal super PAC. The dinners are hosted by hosted by a group called Downtown For Democracy and Ms. Dunham’s real-life best friend, Audrey Gelman (who uses the handle @grumplstilskin on Twitter and works as press secretary for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer) is a member of the Downtown For Democracy Board.
“Want to eat dope shit for a wonderful cause? Support D4D and my oldest best #girl @grumplstiltskin,” Ms. Dunham tweeted along with a link to the dinner series.
Famed chef Mario Batali, who is in Albany advocating for same-sex marriage, also has an opinion about who he’d like to see as mayor of New York City in 2013, .
“No doubt about it, it’s Christine Quinn,” Batali told me.
“I love Christine Quinn, I love what she’s done for New York Read More
A spokesman for the Republican State Senate conference said GOP lawmakers are discussing details of rent regulations and mandate relief, not same-sex marriage. That would mean the progress legislative leaders announced yesterday are not finalized and could be far from completed.
Mario Batali, the famed chef, is in the Capitol building and said he would try convincing “anybody who will listen to me” to support the bill. I asked if he scheduled any meetings with Republican State Senators.
“I just arrived 10 minutes ago and discovered elevator number 6 and elevator number 5 are exactly the same,” he said. Later, I asked what he thought would happen to Cuomo if this passes.
“I think Cuomo will be successful in the long run no matter how this vote goes,” Batali said.