Apologies for serving leftovers from the White House Correspondents Dinner, but this was just too tasty: notice those two chairs and place settings being hastily whisked away from one of the Politico tables before the salads hit the table on Saturday night?
Seems that super-philanthropists Wayne and Catherine Reynolds skipped out on the dinner, sources told the Reliable Source, after spotting their table’s location at the rear of the Hilton’s ballroom. Or as one dinner guest dubbed it, “Siberia.” The Reynolds (she made a fortune in the student-loan business; together, they’re known for their big-dollar generosity to the arts) had been invited to the $300-a-head dinner by their friends, Robert and Elena Allbritton, the owners of Politico.
Both the Reynolds and the Allbrittons issued smooth-it-over statements in response to our queries, though they conspicuously failed to address those empty chairs.
“We have been longtime close friends of the Allbritton family,” Catherine Reynolds’ office offered in an emailed statement. “As always, we enjoyed our time with them this past weekend.”
Allbritton’s office referred our question to Politico Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley, who then sent us this statement from a “Politico spokesperson”: “Wayne and Cathy are dear friends of the Allbritton family. We were delighted to host them at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday night, and enjoyed having them in our home for brunch Sunday morning.”
The Reynolds attended the post-WHCD Sunday brunch the following day at the Allbrittons’ Georgetown home, where, fortunately, there was no assigned seating.
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