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Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Luxe Homestead hosts Virginia Democrats

Now it’s the Democrats’ turn to get spoiled.


Sen. Janet D. Howell ( D-Fairfax), left, and Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw ( D-Fairfax) are presumably happier to be at the Homestead than they were with the state budget, whose passage they react to in this photo. (Bob Brown - AP)
Earlier this month, Virginia House Republicans held their annual fundraising retreat at the four-star Homestead resort.

Now House and Senate Democrats are heading for the luxurious mountain get-away to raise some dough of their own. Hundreds of people will gather there until Wednesday, including about 75 percent of Democratic legislators, their families and lobbyists, according to House Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax).

I asked Saslaw if any big names would be there.

“Prince Philip,” he replied.

That was a joke, but the posh Homestead surely has a room fit for a duke.

The place has spectacular mountain views, spa treatments and featherbeds “plumped just so,”as I noted in a blog post about the Republicans’ event.

House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) phoned me afterward to say that he thought I’d played up the fancy-schmancy angle too much. He said to make sure that I use the same sort of headline — “Luxe Homestead hosts Virginia House Republicans” — when I write about the Democrats’ retreat.

And so I have.

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