Apparently, challenging Maloney turned out to not only be a failed endeavor, but a really, really expensive one as well. That's why Saujani is now holding a “Debt Relief Party, with tickets ranging from $50 to $500. From the email:
Reshma ran a historic race. She showed the political courage to challenge an 18-year incumbent and demand better leadership, she engaged the South Asian community in the political process in unprecedented ways, and she built grassroots support around bold, new ideas.
But Reshma put everything she had into this campaign and is now burdened by debt.
Maybe she should have considered that before she decided to run!
Anyway, what's curious about the email is that during the campaign Saujani tapped into her contacts in the world of high finance and managed to raise a whopping $1.5 million. That's a lot of money to now be claiming that your broke.
Apparently, Saujani loaned herself $30,000, and that's is likely the “debt” she is burdened with. Saujani also pledged to run again in 2012 if she lost, so this could be the first step in jump starting that campaign.
Either way, if you want to help Saujani out, head over to the Glass Bar in Manhattan at around 7-ish on December 14.
Hmm...maybe Pol Position should start planning a Debt Relief Party of our own to cover our increasingly unmanageable bar tabs across the five boroughs.