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Inside Pitch

Ohio Democrats plan to party in D.C. for inauguration

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Ohio Democrats will hunker down in Washington for next month's presidential inauguration at one of the city's most luxurious and historic hotels - the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel on Connecticut Avenue NW.

If you want to go along for the fun, there's a rather hefty price tag.

According to an e-mail sent out by the Ohio Democratic Party, the "Mayflower Package" costs $4,200 per person.

The Mayflower Package includes four nights at the hotel, two tickets to the "Ohio Celebration Gala" at the hotel on Saturday, Jan. 19, two tickets for a "casual reception" on Sunday, a welcome kit "including commemorative gift," and "Tier 1 Priority List for official inaugural events (Does not include official tickets)."

For an additional $2,000, you can upgrade to a suite for all four nights.

For the more budget-conscious Democrats, there is $600 "events package," which includes two tickets to the Ohio Celebration Gala, two tickets to the casual reception, a commemorative gift, and "Tier 2 Priority List for official inaugural events. No guarantee of tickets to the inauguration or the official balls.

They are also offering sponsorships from individuals and corporations for $10,000 or more.

RSVPs are needed by Dec. 31; and can be made by calling (614) 207-3951 or by e-mail to billdemora@gmail.com.

Presidential inaugurations take place on Jan. 20 every year. Since that is a Sunday, there will be a private swearing-in at the White House on that day, followed by the public inauguration on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol on Monday, Jan. 21.