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Celebrity Sightings at the DNC

August 28, 2008

Yesterday, I checked out the TechNet party at Rioja on Larimer Street, just a few blocks away from the Pepsi Center. It was jam packed and drew an A-list crowd.

I walked in and was happy to see my old co-conspirator Jonah Seiger, who runs his own interactive political consulting firm Connections Media LLC. Jonah introduced me to Chad Hurley, the co-founder of YouTube. Then I met Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly, and bumped into Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who I came to know by writing a story about his ambitious plans to fight crime with cutting edge technology.

My friend Patrick Ward, who founded and runs the Denver-based tech pr firm 104 West Partners, said he saw Charlize Theron at Elway’s steak house. “The whole restaurant turned and looked at her when she walked in,” said Patrick.

In the afternoon, while getting a tour of the Pepsi Center, I saw ABC’s Jeff Greenfield and CBS’s Bob Schieffer, who was very short. Outside the media tent, Jim Lehrer pulled up in his gold cart while I was smoking a cigarette.

And today my BusinessWeek colleagues said T. Boone Pickens made an appearance at the Big Tent, talking about his alternative energy plans. It’s the latest sign of the increasing power of bloggers, who are making a very strong showing at this convention. In many ways, one of the big stories of the convention is the rise of the blogger.