For the latest installment of Fictional Franchise, our examination of the franchise rights of fictional characters and the real-life people who represent them in Congress, we tackle soap opera characters.
The rules go like this: We decide where a fictional character lives and then look up who represents them in the House. (See more on the rules here.)
Soaps are near and dear to the heart of this writer, who once starred in a 2004 episode of “The Bold and the Beautiful” as a Spectra Fashions factory worker. Read on to see which soap star helped us with our research…
So, Dylan, Julia and Miss Ellie, let’s roll:
The Walsh Family “Beverly Hills 90210″ Beverly Hills, Calif.: Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman
It is our assessment that Jim, Cindy, Brandon and Brenda Walsh live in Beverly Hills flats — squarely in Waxman’s district. His representation of the western Los Angeles metropolitan area means that he will surface again in this category and others.
Here is a run-through of some of his constituents:
Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know a District” segment is back with a vengeance.
Colbert, right, at a taping years back of “Better Know a District” with Democratic Arizona Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
“The Colbert Report” anthology of awkward congressional interviews was on the verge of extinction in recent years. But in the past few weeks, a handful of Democrats have sat down with Colbert for their fair share of abuse. Full story
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is not happy with her softball team’s practice rain-out policy.
Wasserman Schultz, second from left, is not happy with her team’s rain-out policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Wasserman Schultz captains the Congressional Women’s Softball team, a group of female lawmakers who play against female Washington press corps members every June to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer charity.
It seems that on Monday evening, the Congressional team’s organizers canceled their Tuesday practice — set for 7 a.m. — in anticipation of rain.
In the latest edition of HOH’s Fictional Franchise, in which we examine fictional characters and the real-life people who represent them in Congress, we took a look at our favorite heroes and heroines from childhood.
And in what is probably one of the greatest thrills to be had in life, a special celebrity guest contributed to this column (via her assistant): Judy Blume.
The rules go like this: We decide where a fictional character lives and then look up who represents them in the House. (See more here.) We welcome any dispute with our assessments in the comments section below.
We must … we must … we must … start with:
Margaret Simon “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” by Judy Blume Farbrook, N.J., Republican Rep. Leonard Lance
There is no more iconic young adult character than the pre-teen sensation that is Margaret Simon.
After months of taunts, bragging and cryptic tweets, the member and press softball teams have finally released their rosters, with lots of new blood on both sides this year.
Female Washington reporters and members meet each June in a softball game that raises money for the Young Survival Coalition, a charity that supports young women diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Each year, when practices begin, I bounce out of bed, bright and early, ready to go, and this week was no exception,” the game’s founder, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said in a release. She went on to note that this year will be both the fifth anniversary of the game and of her own breast cancer survival.
“I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate either accomplishment than by breaking our game’s fundraising record for the Young Survival Coalition and taking the trophy back from the Bad News Babes,” she added.
For the second edition of our series that examines fictional characters and the real people who represent them in Congress, we explore the franchise of American literature heroes.
The rules go like this: We decide where a fictional character lives and then look up who represents them in the House. (See more on the rules here.) We welcome any dispute with our assessments in the comments section below.
The Great American Novel is a relatively easy topic to research — public curiosity in literary characters is so strong that most of the places listed below built tourist industries around these novels’ settings.
And this writer might have to plead guilty to dragging her family out to Great Neck, Long Island, when she was 19 in her quest for the spirit of Zelda Fitzgerald. So let’s start with the love of Zelda’s life, who wrote the quintessential Great American Novel.
Jay Gatsby “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald West Egg, N.Y.: Democratic Rep. Steve Israel
Israel’s district is full of money.
This is especially true in the enclaves along Long Island’s North Shore, the home of both Gatsby’s noveau riche West Egg (Kings Point) home and the post-Buchanan home in East Egg (Sands Point). The mansion that many believe inspired the Buchanan home was on the market in 2005 for $28 million, according to Forbes.
Judging by the trailer of director Baz Luhrmann’s new movie adaptation, Leonardo DiCaprio’s attempt at a Locust Valley Lockjaw accent sounds terribly fake and contrived.
In the spirit of baseball season, HOH is kicking off a new series that examines the congressional representation of our favorite fictional characters in television, literature and the movies.
The rules go like this — we decide where a fictional character lives and then look up who represents them in the House.
We will make the best guess we can with analysis based on shooting locations, historical data, creepy Internet stalker websites, the creators of these characters when available, sources familiar with the region, obsessive friends, thinly-veiled locations and textual geographic references.
We welcome any dispute with our assessments in the comments section below.
And even if the characters are hundreds of years old, we’re only dealing with modern members of Congress. Because, after all, a truly great hero of fiction lives forever.
We are not even certain if Vaughn’s criminal record qualifies him to vote, but if he could, he would have Fudge on his ballot, according to Ohio-native Christyn Keyes, communications director for Ohio Republican Rep. David Joyce.
“Rick ‘The Wild Thing’ Vaughn lives on West 6th in downtown Cleveland,” she wrote in an email. “Close proximity to two of his favorite things: the baseball stadium and the bar scene.”
That puts him smack in Fudge’s 11th District.
Keyes and Joyce outreach director Kevin Benacci said that it is their belief that third baseman Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen) lives in Gates Mills, Ohio, and is one of Joyce’s constituents.
Months before this year’s annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game, members of Congress have begun feting recruits for their annual matchup against female Capitol Hill reporters.
HOH stumbled on a recent happy-hour gathering of female jock-lawmakers at Tortilla Coast. And when we say “stumbled on,” we mean that we knew about it ahead of time and showed up uninvited wearing our own Bad News Babes jersey. Members, on the whole, were gracious about the intrusion.
This is possibly the most fun campaign donation solicitation ever.
Donate a few bucks to Democratic Sen. Al Franken’s campaign and you’re eligible to fly out to Los Angeles with a friend in early April to brunch with the Minnesota senator and late night host Conan O’Brien.
“Imagine how jealous your ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend/boss/parents/neighbors/cousins will be,” Franken writes to his email supporters. “Imagine how ridiculous your friends will look when they compete to be your plus-one.”
Both O’Brien and Franken are Harvard and “Saturday Night Live” writing room alumni.
This solicitation is a departure in style for Franken. Since his first race in 2008, he has not pushed his “SNL” past. In fact, the show is not even mentioned in his official Senate biography, only that he was once “a comedy writer.”
The deadline is March 31, the Federal Election Commission’s first quarter deadline. Campaign donation pleas become increasingly more common as a quarter winds down.
In this one, the Franken campaign lets the donor decide the contribution amount — doggone it, Stuart Smalley would be proud.
It felt like Fashion Week in Statuary Hall before the State of the Union address.
It is, perhaps, a testament to the advancement of women in government and journalism that a gaggle of female reporters staking out the Capitol on Tuesday night had an opportunity to admire the wardrobe selections of female senators and Supreme Court justices.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the best-dressed ranking members of the federal government. She wore a red overcoat that would have impressed even Maureen Dowd.
After the line of dignitaries had passed by and Ginsburg was safely out of earshot, HOH articulated that sentiment to a colleague. A Senate page overheard the comment and blurted back her own critique. Full story
In the “where are they now?” column of former House candidates, Tuesday night’s answer for Republican Jesse Kelly is in front of a television.
Per his Twitter account, he could not be more pumped that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will deliver the Republican response in both English and Spanish.
“Tonight we win back all Hispanics because Rubio speaks spanish [sic] too!” he tweeted at 10:46 a.m.
“To broaden the Republican voter base, I’m proud to announce that I’ll be doing the GOP response in English and Pig Latin. airfay areshay,” he tweeted at 4:44 p.m.
“Totally set for the night. I’ve got blood-pressure pills ready for Obama’s speech and Rosetta Stone software ready for Rubio’s response,” he tweeted at 7:13 p.m.
Kelly ran twice for the tossup Tucson, Ariz.-based district. He narrowly lost first to now-former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, in 2010 and then once again to Rep. Ron Barber, also a Democrat, in the 2012 special election to replace Giffords.
Kelly now lives in Washington and works for Citizens United.
The Women’s Congressional Softball Game is only seven months away and for readers who are closely monitoring pre-season developments, this week’s new Rothenberg Political Report offers some new insight into the athleticism of the member’s team.
For context, female members of Congress play the annual game against female members of the Capitol Hill press corps. Sen.-elect Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., caused a stir earlier this fall when she released a television ad of her slamming and winking her away around a batting cage.
Here is what the reporting from Nathan L. Gonzales reveals about the ad’s shoot:
“Democrats may be most proud of the mid-October batting cage ad where Heitkamp talks about taking on the outside attacks. She hadn’t swung a bat in a long time, but she got the hang of it and after four hours in the cage and hundreds of swings to get shots at multiple angles, it turned into one of the most effective ads.”