A Soirée for Manuel Roig-Franzia

An unusual group of Washington journos is convening on June 23 at the home of Politico‘s Lois Romano and politico bigwig Sven Holmes to celebrate The Rise of Marco Rubio by WaPo‘s Manuel Roig-Franzia. Expect to sip on cocktails made with special rum from the Shapira Family Distillery. The book is scheduled for release on June 19.

Apart from Romano and Holmes, the journalists and publicist types on the host committee are: Robert Draper, a contributor to GQ and NYT Mag, WaPo “In the Loop” writer Al Kamen (who almost never makes appearances on the Washington cocktail circuit), Michael Manganiello, a partner at HCM Strategists, WaPo’s Maralee Schwartz, Ian Shapira and Peter Wallsten, and SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman.

Please note: Sven Holmes’ title is so crazy Washington long that we’re putting it after the jump.

Correction: The invitation read Ira Shapira and has since been corrected as has our post above. Thanks to AnonymASS who alerted us by writing in this: “It’s IAN Shapira not IRA … espeically if you’re touting his family’s spirits company, you would think you’d know how to get his name correct.” — Thanks Ass, you’re right and that is just lovely.

Holmes is…”the Executive Vice Chair, Legal and Compliance for KPMG LLP, a national accounting firm, where he directs the office of general counsel, government affairs, security, external communications, office of internal audit, and ethics and compliance programs. He is also counsel to the board of directors and a member of the management committee.

“Holmes served as the Chief District Judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma from 1994 to 2005. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 7, 1994. In 2001, Chief Justice William Rehnquist appointed him to the Budget Committee for the Judicial Conference of the United States, where he served as vice chair from 2004 to 2005.” — Wikipedia