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Conrad Farewell Party Gets Rolling

Anyone and everyone who has ever crossed paths with Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., is welcome to gather in Russell 325 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday (right now) to bid the longstanding budget-writer a fond farewell.


Conrad reception poster
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

A former aide said the party, which is being co-sponsored by corporate entities ranging from The Beer Institute (you best believe the open bars were fully stocked) to the Walt Disney Co., will commemorate Conrad’s varied accomplishments across his quarter century on Capitol Hill.

Featured well-wishers include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and former North Dakota Democrats Sen. Byron L. Dorgan and Rep. Earl Pomeroy.


Dorgan, Conrad and Pomeroy
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

One party planner said former colleagues and staff have all been invited, as well as sitting pols from across the political spectrum.

No word on when the tributes speeches are expected to begin, but we understand there’ll be a screening of Conrad’s highlight reel — including his original 1986 campaign ad — promptly at 6 p.m.

“The song is priceless,” the planner assured us.

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