How do you stand out in a crowded Democratic primary field with nearly a dozen well-connected, viable candidates?
Distribute a catchy ditty created by children of your family friends.
That’s what former Virginia Lt. Gov. Don Beyer is doing in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s open 8th District race.
Beyer, who recently finished up a stint as ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein, is one of 11 Democrats running to replace retiring Rep. James P. Moran in this heavily Democratic Northern Virginia House seat.
His campaign recently release a YouTube video created by Mae and John Keating, two middle-school students whose parents are friends of the Beyers, which touts Beyers’ credentials for the race. The video, released Feb. 17, already has more than 1,400 views.
We sent CQ Roll Call reporters Emily Cahn, Sarah Chacko and Cristina Marcos to Statuary Hall after President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address to get reactions from members of Congress in their own words (and their own handwriting!) You can see the original #SOTUin3words photos on Instagram, or view them all in one place below.
Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., walked the red carpet at CNN’s “Crossfire” launch party in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night with his fiancee, Maria Belén Chapur, on his arm.
Chapur, memorably, is the woman who was at the center of his 2009 extramarital affair when he was governor.
But Sanford and Chapur were only two of the attendees of the A-list party.
Republican Reps. Darrell Issa of California and Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho and Democrats Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota also made the rounds. Former Sen. Rick Santorum stopped by after taping an appearance on the show’s second episode Tuesday evening.
Caroline Kennedy, Greta Van Susteren and Laura Ingraham were also among the well-known attendees at the swanky celebration at the Carnegie Library.
“CNN has its swagger back,” as one network executive put it to HOH.
CNN President Jeff Zucker told the Capitol Hill-centric crowd that when he was named head of the company late last year, he had two priorities: to bring back actor James Earl Jones’ marketing voice-overs and to resurrect the debate show.
The female members of the press won a seesaw battle of softball brawn Wednesday night at the Fifth Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game, defeating female members of Congress 11-8 to take home the coveted softball trophy for the second consecutive year.
The contest was close through many of the game’s seven innings, flipping leads several times between the member team and the press, who call themselves the Bad News Babes. But in the top of the sixth, the Bad News Babes opened up a lead that the members could not quite overcome.
The game raised $115,000 for breast cancer charity. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call.)
If you’re looking to elicit laughs from an audience, make jokes about CNN’s blunder-filled coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Or, at least that’s what participants in the annual “Will on the Hill” performance learned.
A bipartisan crowd of senators and representatives, as well as a few members of the Fourth Estate, performed the Shakespeare-inspired “Toil and Trouble” on Monday, which poked fun at a “National Necessary News Network” trying to fill airtime before a White House announcement, with no news to announce. Full story
Derby days are upon us, and all of you Capitol Hill denizens won’t have to look far to take part in a derby-themed festivity.
In honor of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Brightest Young Things, our favorite hipster party planner, is hosting “Prancin’ – A Derby Day Party” at the Hill Center near the Eastern Market Metro. Full story
For the past two weeks, Capitol Police officers stationed at a post on the outskirts of the Capitol Complex have known what Tippi Hedren went through.
A tipster alerted HOH that a large bird has been acting out its own version of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” swooping down and hitting officers, tourists and others on the back of their heads on the corner of Second Street and Constitution Avenue NE.
An officer stationed at the post confirmed that a crow has been terrorizing tourists and others from its tree across the street from the Veterans of Foreign Wars building.
Actress Kate Walsh, known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on ABC’s “Private Practice” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” made the rounds Thursday on Capitol Hill to lobby for offshore wind power with the ocean conservation group Oceana.
Walsh’s visit, which coincides with the third anniversary of the Gulf oil spill, brought her to the offices of Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona and Xavier Becerra and Mike Thompson of California, all Democrats. Full story
It’s been a little over a week since former Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-Ohio, died at the age of 70 of complications from a stroke, but Ohio Democrats are still mourning his loss.
The Ohio Democratic Party sent out an email on Monday asking its members to send their condolences to Wilson’s family and praising Wilson for being “a tireless advocate for the middle class.”
“He advocated passionately for the people of Ohio, securing funding for police departments, airport improvements and small-business incubators, among other projects,” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said in an email. “Charlie wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believed in, and courageously voted for universal health care not just once but twice.”
If HOH were sending a condolence letter, we’d praise this jingle that helped Wilson win an astounding write-in primary battle in 2006 that launched his congressional career.
Those looking to write condolence notes (and get on the Ohio Democrats’ email list) can do so here.
About 200 Hill staffers were treated to a vegan lunch Monday afternoon by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Capitol Hill Vegetarian Caucus at a luncheon designed to spread the mantra of a plant-based diet.
Staffers munched on vegan items such as kale chips, cucumber gazpacho and grape leaves stuffed with a nut mixture, provided by the Washington, D.C., restaurant Elizabeth’s Gone Raw, and washed it all down with cupcakes provided by two-time Food Network “Cupcake Wars” champions Sticky Fingers bakery.
More than 200 Hill staffers have signed up for the event, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which is co-hosting the luncheon. The meal will feature a flavorful menu of kale chips, cucumber gazpacho, grape leaves with tzatziki sauce and reverse osmosis water.
Staff in attendance will hear from Elizabeth Kucinich, director of the PCRM and wife of former Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio. Both Kuciniches live vegan lifestyles, and pushed for better vegetarian and vegan options in Capitol Hill cafeterias during Kucinich’s time in Congress.
The Kuciniches follow a vegan lifestyle. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
The kinks blocking House members and staffers from accessing the popular music-streaming website Spotify have finally been ironed out, officially ending the two-month-long Spotify drought plaguing the House side of the Hill, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office told HOH on Monday.
Those on the House side of the Capitol looking to listen to some tunes can access Spotify via the application’s Web client at https://play.spotify.com, Cantor’s Deputy Digital Director Connor Walsh said.
Access to Spotify was blocked on the House network earlier this year due to concerns that the website could pose cyber-security threats.
After working to address the security concerns with the House Chief Administrative Officer, the House announced last week that staff could once again use Spotify to stream music while at work.
But staffers reported that access was still spotty, with many staffers still receiving the dreaded “WEBSITE BLOCKED” message that they’d received during the two-month Spotify ban. Full story
Let’s give Rep. Steve Cohen the benefit of the doubt, at the same time keeping straight all that is going into his explanation over his latest Twitter misadventure: Cyndi Lauper, his own daughter, Mavis Staples, the movie ‘Absence of Malice,’ two of his own colleagues, the White House, and, of course, the Sunlight Foundation.
At a somewhat perplexing news conference Friday afternoon, the Tennessee Democrat said that a tweet he fired off from his Twitter account Tuesday night to singer Cyndi Lauper, saying she was “hot” at a performance at the White House, wasn’t a mistake but rather a prank on the media.
Cohen gave a couple of reasons as to why he sent the tweet in question to Lauper: “CyndiLauper great night,couldn’t believe how hot u were.see you again next Tuesday.try a little tenderness”
First, he said he wanted to promote the White House program – which featured performances of Memphis music by Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Mavis Staples and the Alabama Shakes, among others, and will be replayed on Tuesday on PBS.
Second, he said he was trying to turn “gotcha” journalism around on all of us journalists. Full story
Ex-Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., is taking two former staffers to court, suing them for the fraudulent nomination petitions that ultimately led to his resignation from Congress in July.
In the lawsuit filed in Michigan’s Wayne County Circuit Court on Thursday, McCotter alleges that the two aides deliberately submitted forged ballot petitions to foil his re-election efforts, according to The Associated Press.
The former fringe 2012 GOP presidential hopeful filed the suit against his former deputy district director, Don Yowchuang, 34, and former intern, Dillon Breen, 20. Full story