Sean Patrick Maloney flaunts his visit to Hollywood’s most exclusive private club
A Democratic congressman from New York blasted Democrats for appearing ‘elitist’ and ‘out of touch’
Collin Anderson • October 13, 2022 5:00 a.m.
New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney posts his visit to Hollywood’s ‘most exclusive private club’ just months after the Democrat slammed his party for appearing ‘elitist’ and ‘out of touch’.
Maloney was photography in front of the United States Capitol on September 30 with a sticker of the San Vicente Bungalows, the “most exclusive private club” in Hollywood, according to page 6– on the back of his mobile phone. This sticker is placed on a guest’s phone camera at the club’s entrance to ensure privacy, and among LA’s elite, “it’s become a low-key flex to keep the palm tree bungalows sticker stuck to the back of his phone case,” New York mmagazine wrote in February. Maloney’s visit to the List A hot spot appears to have been funded by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC): On February 4, the committee – which Maloney chairs –spent nearly $500 at San Vicente Bungalows for “events/meetings”. The week of this event, the committee spent more than $2,100 in “trips” to California, including a $768 payout at the SLS Hotel, a five-star Luxury Collection hotel in Beverly Hills that Features “exquisite room offerings…near Rodeo Drive”, “stunning views from our alluring Vista Pool Deck”, and “the best fresh seafood dishes daily”.
Maloney’s visit to the elite club in Hollywood and his apparent stay at the luxury hotel in Beverly Hills are particularly noteworthy given that the Democrat trashed his party for his elitism just months after the trip. Maloney, who is tasked with retaining a majority in the House of Democrats in next month’s midterm elections, Told the New York Times in August that the party appears as “elitist” and “disconnected”. “We might be more comfortable in the factory — or at least as comfortable in the factory as we are in the staff room,” Maloney said. “I think most of the voters we ask about this think we’re out of touch, they think we’re elitist, we think we’re better than them. And they don’t like that.”
It is unclear if Maloney is a member of San Vicente Bungalows or if he entered the club through a member’s blessing. An event can only take place at the club if a member sponsors it, according to the club’s website, and annual subscription are $4,200 per year. The list of club members and guests reportedly includes celebrities and Hollywood socialites, such as billionaire cosmetic heiress Aerin Lauder, actor Johnny Depp, pop star Justin Bieber and director Steven Spielberg. But Maloney is no stranger to Hollywood stars – in March, Maloney’s husband job a photo with actress Gwyneth Paltrow under the caption “Thank you for welcoming us to your lovely home.” Yet Maloney has insisted that his seven siblings and lumberjack father keep him “rooted in working-class values,” according to the Washington Post.
The DCCC did not return a request for comment.
According QG magazine, San Vicente Bungalows was once “a gay motel and bathhouse infamous for meth cooking and cruising.” In 2013, however, Los Angeles hotelier and restaurateur Jeff Klein bought the site, which became the now famous club. Klein stressed that those affiliated with the club “don’t judge”. “Bring your wife one night, your mistress the next night and your boyfriend the next,” he said in 2019. you do this in privacy?”
Maloney is no stranger to posh committee events. With a month to go before the midterm elections, Maloney was Point last week sipping wine on a Paris balcony alongside Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), with the Democratic couple in the French capital to raise funds from liberals living abroad. Maloney too party without a mask in France in August 2021, as the US State Department told Americans: “Do not travel to France because of COVID-19”. Maloney hosted another fundraiser with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) in Napa Valley when he got home — tickets for the evening cost up to $29,000.
Democratic congressional candidates in rural areas have also accused Maloney’s DCCC of ignoring their races. When the committee lack spending on television ads in Texas’ 15th congressional district, located in the southern Rio Grande Valley, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa lambasted the committee in an interview with the Texas Grandstand.
“I’m really, deeply disappointed with the DCCC,” Hinojosa said. “I hope they change their minds, and if we lose this election, it’s entirely on them.”