John Paulson’s Mitt Romney Fund-raiser Was About What You'd Expect

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John Paulson, president and co-fund manager of Paulson & Co. Inc., attends a tennis match during U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. Paulson and his wife, Jenny, had planned to host a fund-raiser for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at their estate in Southampton on Sunday but it was postponed due to Hurricane Irene, according to Wall Street Journal. Photographer: Rick Maiman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The host: John Paulson. Photo: Rick Maiman/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Mitt Romney continued to shore up his fund-raising lead among Wall Street types on Thursday night with an event at the Upper East Side home of hedge-fund billionaire John Paulson. The crowd — which included Gristedes magnate John Catsimatidis, who told the Daily Beast attendees were "fighting for the soul of America" — was described by a neighbor in unsurprising terms: "Older white people, mostly men." (To be sort of fair, that description applies to all kinds of political fund-raisers.) After about two hours of hobnobbing and swilling, we presume, top-shelf Scotch, Romney emerged from the townhouse looking "tall and neat" before stepping into a waiting SUV.