Standing under a chandelier that looked like an exploding atom particle, a smiling Jeanine Pirro told LGBT activists and donors at a Manhattan fundraiser that “When I got out of law school 150 years ago, I was taught that equal rights and equal justice applied to all of us. And then, I got into the real world…”
This was last night, about three hours after Pirro publicly confirmed that her attempt to verify her husband’s infidelity is now the subject of a federal investigation, which she called “a smear campaign.”
For the Log Cabin Republicans who organized the event, the goal was to $60,000 to donate to candidates who support gay rights. [President of the NYC Log Cabin Republicans, Chris Taylor, notes “our long-term goal is civil marriage equality, but in this election cycle, ‘legal recognition of same-sex relationships’ (such as we have in CN, VT, NY and CAL) is our main criteria.”]
Pirro arrived quietly during a speech by another onetime GOP Great Hope of 2006, Bill Weld. Pirro, sitting in a chair with a wine glass in her hand, nodded along. From time to time, she glanced down at the seat cushion where her left hand was resting: five French manicured finger nails and one gold wedding band.
When Pirro was introduced to speak, the group’s president Christopher Taylor said, “We love you and we’ll always be there for you.” He talked about how he and Pirro had “bonded” while marching in a gay pride parade where “only one of us was sensible because only one of us wore sneakers. The other wore three-inch high heels.” [corrected]
Pirro, standing in the middle of the room, smiled and quietly corrected him by holding up four fingers.
She got up and delivered her speech about supporting gay rights, accepted the sympathetic applause of the crowd, and it was time to go. Before she left, she asked: “And by the way, how was your day today?”
(An audio clip of Pirro’s remarks from last night is here.)
— Azi Paybarah
NOTE: This post originally said, incorrectly, that the fundraiser was for candidates who specifically support gay marriage.