Politico Lunch

National politicos dissect Clinton-Trump presidential battle at lively bipartisan luncheon

Politicos dissect Clinton-Trump battle at lively bipartisan luncheon

Elyse Lanier, Julie Mason, Hobby Center for Public Policy lunch
Elyse Lanier, Julie Mason. Courtesy photo
Kathryn McNiel, Jim Granato, Ramona Davis at Hobby Center for Public Policy lunch
Kathryn McNiel, Jim Granato, Ramona Davis. Courtesy photo
Kris Thomas, Neil Thomas at Hobby Center for Public Policy lunch
Kris Thomas, Neil Thomas. Courtesy photo
Mayor Sylvester Turner at Hobby Center for Public Policy luncheon
Ivan Sanchez, Mayor Sylvester Turner, unidentified guest. Courtesy photo
Sarah Davis, Peggy Hamric, Beverly Kaufman at Hobby Center for Public Policy lunch
Sarah Davis, Peggy Hamric, Beverly Kaufman. Courtesy photo
Elyse Lanier, Julie Mason, Hobby Center for Public Policy lunch
Kathryn McNiel, Jim Granato, Ramona Davis at Hobby Center for Public Policy lunch
Kris Thomas, Neil Thomas at Hobby Center for Public Policy lunch
Mayor Sylvester Turner at Hobby Center for Public Policy luncheon
Sarah Davis, Peggy Hamric, Beverly Kaufman at Hobby Center for Public Policy lunch

Politics may make strange bedfellows, but it also can form the basis for an interesting discussion of the current presidential election. That was the case at the University of Houston's Hobby School for Public Affairs annual luncheon, which drew two of the nation's foremost authorities on the Clinton-Trump race.

Former longtime Houston Chronicle political reporter Julie Mason, who hosts the popular Press Pool on Sirius XM's POTUS channel 124, heard weekdays (2-5 pm local time) from her Washington, D.C. base, returned to the Bayou City to headline the discussion with David Cay Johnston, author of The Making of Donald Trump, and a top expert on the New York real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate.

Texas Monthly executive director Mimi Swartz moderated the lively discussion during the luncheon in the lovely surroundings of the Houston Public Library Julia Ideson Building Reading Room.

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the 2017 Hobby Fellows program, which offers UH undergraduate students a chance to work as full-time interns during the legislative session in Austin. 

The bipartisan crowd included honorary co-chairs Mayor Sylvester Turner and State Rep. Sarah Davis, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, former Houston first lady Elyse Lanier, Harris County Clerk Stan Stannert, former Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman, UH Hobby School of Public Affairs executive director Jim Granato, HSPA associate director Rene Cross,former State Rep. Peggy Hamric, event chair Kathryn McNiel, Kris and Neil Thomas, Delores Chambers, Katy Caldwell, Mary Flood, and Juan Palomo.

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