GALLUP—President Ben Shelly raised several hundred dollars and several long horn cattle when he held his first campaign fundraiser last Sunday at the El Rancho Hotel.
"We had a great night," he said. "I really liked the clam chowder."
We were later told that guests were served steak and the El Rancho Hotel has never had clam chowder.
"The clam chowder was really good!" he continued. "You could see all the clams dancing like in that weird, psychedelic scene in the movie ‘Dumbo’ called, ‘Elephants on Parade.’"
Deswood Tome said the fundraiser was a success.
"We had a blast!" "There were these two twin girls I encountered in an empty hallway in the hotel. They rolled a red ball at me. I picked it up, they disappeared. And then I saw Jack Nicholson throwing a ball around and typing on a type writer, and there were all these flappers, and I forget what happened next."
Ben Shelly, like President Bush, had different levels of fundraising.
There was “turns me on level” which referred to Shelly’s infamous remarks to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer a couple years ago.
He also had a level called “you’ve gained weight?” which refers to a joke he made at New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez about her physique.
He also had a level based on his 2013 Energy Policy, with $100 donations for coal and $5 donations for “green energy.”
The event ended at 9:00 p.m. when participants finished dinner and ran off to the State Line.