Businessman Curt Clawson capped off his victory in the Florida special election Republican primary with a challenge to President Barack Obama to “man up” and join him for a game of hoops.
“To President Obama: We aren’t going to agree on much. I am going to challenge you on Obamacare,” Clawson said, according to his prepared remarks released to the press after his primary victory. “I am going to challenge you on spending. I am going to challenge you on economic growth.”
“But first, I am going to challenge you on the basketball court,” he added. “It’s time to man up and accept the three-point challenge. My house or yours?”
The former Purdue Boilermaker basketball star won the decisive GOP primary Tuesday evening and is a safe bet to win the June 24 general election for Florida’s 19th District to replace ex-GOP Rep. Trey Radel.
There is one teensy problem with playing on a bipartisan congressional athletic team: Sometimes politics comes first.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat and star slugger for the Congressional Women’s Softball team, is set to campaign in West Virginia this weekend on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Natalie Tennant.
An innocuous political move, except that Tennant’s opponent is one of Team Congress’ captains, Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.
But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., turned the tables on Tuesday, photobombing a posed picture of two reporters and Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen at a Women’s History Month event at the Capitol.
Huffington Post reporter Sabrina Siddiqui, left, posted the photo on her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, tagging her colleague (and ex-Roll Caller) Jennifer Bendery, who appears on the right.
Pelosi can be seen on the far right.
“That time Jennifer Bendery and I met Janet Yellen and got photobombed by Nancy Pelosi. Wait what?!” Siddiqui wrote on Facebook.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post misspelled Siddiqui’s name.
The clock is ticking for any celebrity considering a run for the open-seat race to represent Beverly Hills in Congress.
At 5 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, filing will close in the race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman.
Waxman’s 33rd District covers Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, parts of West Hollywood and Malibu. Early on, we had high hopes that at least one fun celebrity would jump into the mix. But in the waning hours of the filing period, this scenario has not come to pass.
Despite our very best efforts to cajole/Twitter troll various celebrities, not one star opted for a run. Full story
Democratic operatives all over town had a ball Friday afternoon ribbing their colleague, Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Lily Adams, after the 27-year-old was declared the future of the Texas Democratic Party on cable news.
It all started Friday morning, when MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” featured a segment on political up-and-comers in the Lone Star State.
Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater prognosticated that Adams will likely be a future occupant of the Texas governor’s mansion, her late grandmother Ann Richards’ former crib.
“This is the one that’s just going to cause waves today,” Slater foreshadowed. “She is extraordinary. She is bright.”
It was no blowout — the Wednesday night game was suspenseful to the end at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., the site of the Washington Capitals’ practice facility. The lawmaker team, made up of members of Congress, members of the Canadian Parliament, Hill operatives and federal government workers, trailed the lobbyists for much of the game.
But in a third-period rally, the lawmakers moved ahead to win 7-5. The record now stands at 3 wins apiece.
This is the sixth year that “Team Lawmakers,” comprised of members of Congress, federal staffers and campaign committee operatives, will cross hockey sticks with ”Team Lobbyists.”
The record headed into Wednesday is 3-2, in favor of the Team Lobbyists.
The game will take place at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. It’s just a few blocks off from the Ballston Metro. You can buy your $10 tickets here. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the puck drops at 7 p.m.
It all started in back in 2009, with a group of lobbyists and Hill staffers who played informal Monday night pickup hockey.
If there’s any truer maxim on Capitol Hill, it is this: Don’t mess with the staff assistants. Especially when it comes to ”House of Cards” spoilers.
On Friday when federal government workers were ordered to work, on a delayed start, at least one junior staffer was none too pleased about the circumstances. The aide issued a stark warning at 12:23 p.m. to colleagues on the infamous White House Tours Listserv: leak any details about the Season Two Netflix release and get the boot.
Here’s the full text:
I know a lot of us are excited for the new season of House of Cards and due to Snowchi being fickle with additional snow we can’t watch the new season at home. So this is just a warning, anyone who mentions House of Cards spoilers in their emails will be automatically kicked off the list.
Officially, the Listserv is a means for office White House Tour coordinators to communicate and trade tour slots for constituents.
So, all of this begs the question: Did anyone spill the beans?
Former daytime talk show host Ricki Lake will not run for Congress.
Granted, no one expected her to do so, but she is part of Roll Call’s ongoing experiment to bait as many celebrities as possible to run in the open-seat, west-Los Angeles House race to replace retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif.
Lake (graciously) responded to Roll Call’s query on Monday night:
Add television executive producer Chuck Lorre to the group of entertainment people jokingly giving a look at running for Congress in west Los Angeles.
The seat’s incumbent, Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman, announced his retirement in late January. The district represents Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Malibu. As a result, California’s 33rd is home to many movie stars and Hollywood players.
Lorre announced on Thursday that he is “mulling the congressional seat.” The comments came in the form of a “vanity card” he writes at the end of each of his television program episodes. This one flashed up on Thursday after an episode of “The Big Bang Theory”:
I’m also mulling the congressional seat recently opened by the retirement of Henry Waxman. Again, I think my complete lack of experience is a selling point. I’m also a big fan of incompetent government, as the overly organized ones tend to put people like me on trains to Poland. For this elective office I’m thinking I need a campaign slogan that alienates no one. Something along the lines of, “Send me to Congress and watch what happens!”
In Heard on the Hill’s ongoing quest to bait as many celebrities as possible into running for the newly opened west Lost Angeles seat in Congress, we got a joking “maybe” from “Falcon Crest”/”Grease” star Lorenzo Lamas:
For context, Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman announced last week he is retiring from his west Los Angeles-based district. California’s 33rd is unique in that it covers Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, parts of West Hollywood and a whole handful of other movie star enclaves.
This is the first time since 1974 that the region will see an open-seat race, and so we spent part of Monday afternoon trolling various movies stars on Twitter to see if they are mulling a run.
This race has the potential to be the greatest House race in the history of the United States, and we don’t want to leave any stone unturned. (For serious coverage of the race, check out our At the Races blog.)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., took an opportunity Tuesday to remind the world that she is not retiring.
In what is quickly becoming known as ”Bloody Tuesday,” three members of the Houseannounced, in a five-hour stretch, their retirements: Republican Reps. Frank R. Wolf of Virginia and Tom Latham of Iowa and Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah.
Between the Matheson and Latham announcements at around 3 p.m, this reporter tweeted at the masses, sarcastically asking if any members of Congress “want to get anything off their chest before I go on vacation? Anyone? Anyone?”
Ros-Lehtinen, often the target of Democrats pushing retirement rumors, responded.
Yeah, I’m in the mood 4 stone crabs. That’s all.MT @RollCallAbby: Any other members of Congress want 2 get anything off their chest my vacay
There is some context to the exchange. Ros-Lehtinen once let this reporter have it for following up on Democratic “retirement suggestions.”
“They have me as the next president of a university,” she told Roll Call in April. “Democrats put out that rumor every six months or so. They always cast a wide net to see what kind of fish they can get.”
In the latest installment of the Roll Call series that examines fictional characters and who represents them in Congress, we look at our favorite Christmas characters.
The rules for Fictional Franchise go like this: We decide where a fictional character lives and then look up who represents them in the House. (See more here.)
George Bailey (James Stewart) “It’s a Wonderful Life” Bedford Falls, N.Y. Republican Rep. Tom Reed
Seneca Falls makes a pretty good case that the upstate New York town is the “real” Bedford Falls.
And so Seneca Falls is not just the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, it’s where Clarence earned his wings and George Bailey lassoed the moon and his future wife, Mary.
Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) “Christmas Vacation” Shermer, Ill. Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider
“Christmas Vacation” is part of writer/director John Hughes’ 1980s anthology of life in suburban Chicago. He based his movies in a town called “Shermer.” Hughes spent his high-school years in the Chicago suburb Northbrook, which was originally called “Shermerville.”
Geography aside, “Christmas Vacation” also functions as a public service announcement against the dangers of using a storm drain as a depository for recreational vehicle sewage.
Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) “Elf” Upper West Side, New York City Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler
Buddy the Elf moves into the Central Park West apartment of his biological father, children’s book publisher Walter Hobbs, according to severalblogs.
But Buddy has connections to another New York City district. He commutes to work at Gimbell’s and in the mailroom of the Empire State Building in Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney’s 12th District on the east side of Manhattan.
Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) Great Neck, N.Y. Democratic Rep. Steve Israel
Friend of Roll Call/Long Island native/Hotline Editor-in-Chief Steve Shepard weighed in with this analysis.
Per Shepard: “Just a stone’s throw from the Empire State Building is Macy’s Herald Square location, situated on the western edge of Maloney’s district. But in the film, Kris Kringle actually lived at the fictional Brooks Memorial Home for the Aged in Great Neck, N.Y., on Long Island. That makes Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Santa’s congressman. And presumably Israel would also represent the bucolic suburban home for which Natalie Wood asked Santa.”
It should be noted that Great Neck is also home to Jay Gatsby and Israel’s 3rd District hosts Tony Miglione of Blume’s “Then Again, Maybe I Won’t.”
Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) “A Christmas Story” Hohman, Ind. Democratic Rep. Peter J. Visclosky
Writer Jean Shepherd set “A Christmas Story” in Hohman, which is a stand-in name for his hometown of Hammond, Ind.
Even so, the house used in filming is located in Ohio’s 11th. Democratic Rep. Marcia L. Fudge represents that district that is also home to Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn, star pitcher for the Cleveland Indians.
Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) “Home Alone” Winnetka, Ill. Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky
All sorts of crazy went down over one Christmas break in Illinois’ 9th District. The owners of the “Silver Tuna” McCallister household accidentally left their 8-year-old son at home unsupervised as a crime wave involving a pair of burglars named “The Wet Bandits” hit the neighborhood.
Like other John Hughes films, this one is set in the North Shore suburbs. Schakowsky’s 9th District and Schneider’s 10th District bisect the region. The movie was shot in an actual house in the area that is well-documented on YouTube and various blogs. The McCallister house is an identifiable site in the neighborhood and Kevin, like Regina George of “Mean Girls,” is most definitely a Schakowsky constituent.
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Rudolph T. Reindeer “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Christmastown, Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young
We interpret “Christmastown” to be North Pole, Alaska.
Christmastown is a deceptively cheerful name for the fictional village. Just about everyone in Christmastown, from Santa down to the reindeer calves, exhibits deplorable behavior and discriminates against Rudolph for what they perceive to be a birth defect.
It’s one thing for children to pick on somebody, but where were the adults in Christmastown? Comet? Rudolph’s own father, Donner? Santa?!?
Oh, they were there, bullying Rudolph right along with the children. Completely inexcusable. The ostracism was so unbearable that Rudolph was forced to flee the town with his band of oddball friends.
Oh, hey Santa! We hope that crow tasted delicious!
Given the fact that Hermey the Elf likely does not walk at a fast pace, we have concluded that the Island of Misfit Toys is a river archipelago in the nearby Tanana River.
As for Yukon Cornelius, we assume that judging by his name, he is likely Canadian, and thereby ineligible to vote in American elections.
Mike and Carol Brady (Robert Reed and Florence Henderson) “A Very Brady Christmas” North Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif. Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman
In 1988, the Bradys reunited for “A Very Brady Christmas,” and the film took a dangerous turn. Mike, an architect, was called away from Christmas dinner after a building collapsed on two security guards. He, too, became trapped when he entered the building. The entire Brady clan raced to the worksite to keep vigil for him.
Carol single-handedly saved Mike through the power of song. Her rendition of “O, Come, All Ye Faithful” summoned the Brady patriarch’s strength to emerge from the rubble.
But the North Hollywood Brady House is only a stone’s throw away from Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas’ 29th District. The 29th is also home to Andrea Zuckerman, star-but-illegal student at West Beverly Hills High of the 90210 ZIP code.