Oklahoma Congressman Dan Boren, an avid sportsman who sits on the board of the National Rifle Association and is co-owner of a hunting ranch in Texas, found the perfect place in Denver to host a party for the state’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
The Buckhorn Exchange, which opened in 1893 and is both a restaurant and taxidermy museum, has rooms full of mounted heads of buffalo, deer, antelope and moose _ and a lot of that is on the menu as well. The Oklahoma guests had their choice of entrees among buffalo, steak and elk.
Boren rented out the entire restaurant for the party, and he and his wife Andrea greeted delegates and guests near the upstairs bar, where the state of Colorado’s first liquor license is displayed (along with aforementioned animal heads).
Among the guests: Gov. Brad Henry; former Oklahoma Gov. David Walters and his wife, Rhonda; former Oklahoma Congressman Brad Carson (who is a delegate) and his wife, Julie; state Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland; Oklahoma City attorney and Democratic Party fundraiser Mike Turpen; Chesapeake Energy executive Tom Price; and Boren’s sister, Carrie, who is the missioner for evangelism at the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.
I wrote a story a few weeks ago about how much money Boren’s congressional campaign has been raising, even though he doesn’t really a face an election challenge this year. A good chunk will probably have to go to pay for the lively party that kicked off the convention festivities for the Oklahomans.