CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Democratic Party will hold its largest fundraiser of the year this weekend. The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Saturday night will celebrate the career of U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller.

“The commitment to West Virginia and what he has done is unbelievable,” according to state Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio. “This is our way of saying, ‘Thank you.'”

Rockefeller announced earlier this year he would not run for reelection in 2014 after 50 years in West Virginia politics. Vice President Joe Biden will be on hand to honor the senior senator. Puccio said even after the party had to postpone the dinner due to the partial federal shutdown last month, Biden was determined to attend the event.

“When it needed to be rescheduled they did everything they could, [Biden’s] staff, to be able to have him come back in and be with us,” explained to Puccio. “He made it clear he did want to participate in this event to honor the senator.”

Rockefeller and Biden have served in the U.S. Senate together for 27 years.

Puccio said this is the biggest Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in many years. More than 1,800 people have registered to attend. It’s a sellout.

“We’ve seen so many people [make reservations] that we haven’t seen at dinners or functions for many, many years. They just want to be involved, show up and show support for the senator and his family,” explained Puccio.

It’s a good year for the party to have a big turnout at the dinner said Puccio. The money raised will go into the coffers to help elect Democrats during 2014 election.

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  • Stan the Man

    If Rockefeller is such a great Senator why is a Navy Base that has been in WV for 50 years now closing. Thank goodness we had Senator Byrd to keep it open. I only wish he were here now.

    • hillbilly

      I agree with Stan the Man. I work at that Navy Base and we have not seen Rockefeller nor the Governor. Manchin came once and urinated on everyone's head and told us it was raining. Capito is missing in action as well. If this base was located near Charleston then everyone would be trying to save it. That is wht WV will never prosper, only the high population counties matter. They don't get it. 300 jobs lost anywhere has an impact.

  • RealConservative

    Thank you for your service, Senator Rockefeller. I apologize for the uncivilized and immature behavior of those posting above.

    • thornton

      It's November 1st...not April 1st.

      • wvtd

        it is always april 1st when you are a far left radical democrat.

  • The bookman

    In an aside to this story Hoppy had the opportunity to ask NT if she would be in attendance? And she responded, ". ." Apparently unable to find the words "yes" or "no". Have a great weekend!

  • thornton

    I'll try again...for a going away gift and a thank-you at the dinner, I would suggest a set of Samsonite luggage from D&D of Beverly Hills as being oddly but accurately appropriate for sad-faced Jay.

    Fingers crossed that that will pass the muster here.

    • wvtd

      I respectfully disagree mr thornton. he should be given the company not the luggage or a screwdriver to twist the screw of obamacare he helped pass one more time. I bet his insurance is not getting cancelled.

  • The bookman

    So I guess we're all not going?

  • mauldawg

    Now who will the stupid people vote for?

  • mauldawg

    Why? Glad to see the trash being taken out> No if Joe would only leave with him.

  • wvman75

    What a bunch of stupid socialists.

  • Public Ed

    This man is the biggest fraud ever to use WV for personal gain. His tenure in office says volumes about our state citizens ignorance!

  • C.Hoffman

    Jefferson and Jackson wouldn't recognize this fraud or his party. The name needs changing to the stalin-mao dinner.

  • Mr. Big

    for what??????

  • thornton

    As a better parting gift and thank you, I would suggest a nice set of Samsonite luggage from Dicker and Dicker of Beverly Hills.

  • bulldog95

    So glad to see all those 1% show up.

  • Scott

    No honor there leaving in disgrace after turning his backs on the ones who supported him can you say Ken Heckler

  • William

    Good riddance!