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Ain’t no party like a statehood party because a statehood party got Ross from Friends.
Hot on the heels of a sparsely attended gathering for D.C. voting rights at last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland (which featured one of the Baldwin brothers), District leaders including Mayor Muriel Bowser and Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss are upping the ante for a similar event at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The celebrity guest list, courtesy of Strauss’ office on Monday, is surprisingly star-studded:
- Tim Daly (appeared in Madam Secretary)
- Elizabeth Banks (appeared in Pitch Perfect)
- Troian Bellisario (appeared in Pretty Little Liars)
- Josh Gad (appeared in Frozen),
- Diane Guerrero (appeared in Orange Is the New Black)
- Max Handelman (produced Pitch Perfect)
- Ashley Judd (appeared in Divergent)
- Kevin McHale (appeared in Glee)
- Dean Norris (appeared in Breaking Bad)
- Alison Pill (appeared in The Newsroom)
- Matthew Rhodes (produced Whiplash)
- David Schwimmer (appeared in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story)
- Reid Scott (appeared in Veep)
Daly serves as president of the Creative Coalition, an advocacy-focused nonprofit that’s made of folks from the entertainment industry and is hosting the party along with D.C. Vote. Norris, meanwhile, joins his former colleague Jonathan Banks—a D.C. native—in the elusive cadre of Breaking Bad actors who have endorsed statehood. (Banks played Mike Ehrmantraut.)
The luncheon will take place on Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Philly’s Loews Hotel. The party is by invitation and for credentialed media only.