Ward 4 Democratic challenger Max Skolnik has been the main beneficiary so far, cashing a check from hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and getting a tweeted endorsement from celebrity chef Tom Colicchio.
Now at-large challenger David Grosso is putting some sparkle on his independent campaign to unseat Michael A. Brown (I-At Large). Former Saturday Night Live cast member Ana Gasteyer, a D.C. native, is performing at a March 24 fundraiser for Grosso.
Grosso explains there’s a family connection to Gasteyer: The candidate’s sister is married to Gasteyer’s brother. Also, Gasteyer, a Capitol Hill native and Sidwell Friends graduate, grew up near Grosso’s campaign chairwoman, former D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose.
“I reached out to her and she said she’d love to get involved,” Grosso said Monday. “She wants to come back and have an impact on the city.”
The event is a kickoff for the Grosso campaign’s outreach to women, and it’s co-hosted by a high-profile group that includes former Ward 3 council member Kathy Patterson, Planned Parenthood Metro Washington CEO Laura Meyers and developer Deborah Ratner Salzburg of Forest City Washington.
Grosso also freely admits the event, at the newly opened Hill Center, is aimed at getting some attention on his November race while most are focused on the April 3 primaries.
Gasteyer appeared on SNL from 1996 to 2002. She currently is appearing on the ABC show “Suburgatory” and performing a cabaret show, “Elegant Songs From a Handsome Woman” — from which Gasteyer will draw for a 30-minute set accompanied by local musicians.
“It should be a fun night,” Grosso said.