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The two gents met through the Saratoga Warhorse Foundation, an unusual group that pairs retired race horses with vets who struggle with PTSD and other post-deployment issues. Come Saturday, Mr. Kearns and Mr. Clancy will showcase both the faith and the begorrah at the, well, fabulous Salamander Resort in the Virginia countryside, raising money for both causes.

The aforementioned coalition provides emergency financial assistance and holiday gift funding to wounded warriors, Boulder Crest is a rural sanctuary and wellness retreat for vets and their families, providing fully accessible and very sumptuous cabins at no cost. Both causes are, well, fabulous.

“I am just one of many involved here,” Mr. Kearns tells Inside the Beltway. “Sean and I are just happy to lend a hand in this.”

And the music?

“I plan to sing the songs that inspire. ‘God Bless America’ of course, and ‘Empty Chairs and Empty Tables’ from ‘Les Miserables.’ That’s a reflection of those who must go off to war. And yes, ‘Danny Boy’ is another,” he says.

And the eats? Guests will tuck into fancy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, plus “cordials and desserts” all Irish-themed. Executive pastry chef Jason Reeves reports a few of the offerings: whiskey pudding tartlets with chocolate pecan toffee, apple amber tartlets, Chocolate Guinness mini cakes and Irish ginger snaps.


It’s the $200 million question: Which of eight competing cities gets to host the 2016 Republican National Convention? The winner typically rakes in the aforementioned amount for its coffers once all is said and done. It’s that kind of event, drawing excruciating competition from locales that are ready to stock up on red balloons and plenty of Maker’s Mark bourbon for the 40,000 visitors who show up.

Actually, the hopefuls must provide 300,000 square feet of space for press and media, 40,000 square feet of office space, an arena that can host 18,000 revelers, 16,000 hotel rooms, parking for 2,000 cars and 300 buses plus 1,000 swanky bedroom suites.

Oh, but the process is nerve wracking, even for an event that is some 900 days off. On Monday, representatives from Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix arrive in the nation’s capital to present their bids before the Republican National Committee site selection team.

Two weeks later, the cities find out if the Republican National Committee is interested enough to visit. And in late spring, those coveted visits will take place, finalists will be announced and the final election made somewhere around August or September, decided by a full committee vote.

Hope runs high, even when glittering Vegas and “Big D” are among the competitors.

“Ohio hasn’t hosted a national convention in nearly 80 years, and we’ve never seen one in Columbus,” says Matt Borges, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. “Central Ohio continues to be a major battleground during presidential campaigns.”


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