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In an unusual merger of the personal and the partisan, NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer, a long-time Democrat, and Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate, will co-host a blue-chip cocktail party fundraiser for GOP presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Meyer, who already has donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and strongly supported Barack Obama in 2008, told The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m still a Democrat, but given the state of the Republican Party, Chris Christie would be a great candidate to move forward. I don’t agree with him on all the issues; I’m pro-choice, for example. But I’ve been friends with him for a long time and I respect him.”
Like a number of the other co-hosts, Meyer said he is also concerned about the impact of Donald Trump’s invective-fueled insurgency on presidential politics. “Christie is the only Republican I intend to support,” said Meyer.
The Christie fundraiser is set for Dec. 16 at the Los Angeles home of hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen and his wife Alexandra. Cohen’s net worth seems to set the tone for evening, and if the rest of the room is anything like the discreet invitation’s list of the other co-hosts, it’s going to be a gathering of very deep pockets for a candidate whose national poll numbers are in single digits.
Among those co-hosts are former Fox CEO and producer Leonard Goldberg and his wife Wendy; Activision CEO Bobby Kotick; businessman and former Sofia Vergara fiancé Nick Loeb; Montecito-based venture capitalist Ralph Iannelli and his wife Melissa; philanthropists John and Colleen Morrissey; businessman and former Minnesota Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Honour and his wife Jamie; and former U.S. Attorney Debra Wong Yang, who now heads up powerhouse law firm Gibson Dunn and Crutcher’s crisis management practice.
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