Following a roller-coaster ride of a day when dozens of CHF fans flooded the HOH inbox with bulletins about the alarming mass of fur and bones clumped together alongside Interstate 395 North just near the Capitol, one true believer has come forth to squelch all the eulogizing.
“I saw the Fox this morning during a run on Hains Point under the 14th St. Bridge,” a tipster announced via Twitter.
It’s not the first time someone has reported spying the fox by Ohio Drive Southwest, but it’s certainly the most inspirational.
“We can all rejoice!” our ecstatic exerciser proclaimed.
The latest sighting appears to fly in the face of the CHF’s online persona. Full story
The sullen-sounding updates began trickling in just as the morning rush hour shifted into high gear.
A few tipsters seemed unwilling to jump to any soul-crushing conclusions, but many feared the absolute worst: The Capitol Hill Fox might have been dispatched to that great, big grassy Capitol complex in the sky.
“Bad news. Driving in this morning I passed a recently killed fox on the House 295 exit ramp about 200 yards before the tunnel,” a source shared post-commute.
The death notices snowballed from there, with some spotters left reeling (“Today sucks,” one heartbroken gent declared) while others attempted to rationalize the hurt away.
“I think there is actually a whole family of foxes that live on the East Potomac golf course,” began one starry-eyed optimist, only to come to grips with the CHF’s likely demise midstream by calculating that any Hains Point dwellers were unlikely to “come into the city.”
HOH witnessed the matted mound of blood-stained fur strewn outside the Third Street tunnel while driving into work as well, but was unable to conduct a CSI-style deconstruction due to the briskly flowing traffic.
While never prone to panic, the only rational choices were to accept that the CHF might truly be gone — say it ain’t so, @CapitolHillFox! — or buy into the National Park Service’s preposterous position that there are MULTIPLE foxes living among us.
As the walls of reality continued crashing down around us, HOH began wondering whether foul play may have entered into the equation.
Sure enough, a potential enemies list soon came into sharper focus. Full story
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.)
Team Inhofe suggested that something had gotten lost in translation.
“A senator was searching for available tickets for the Duck Dynasty crew, and Senator Inhofe was asked if he had an available ticket. Despite what has been reported, Willie is not using Senator Inhofe’s ticket,” an Inhofe aide told HOH.
So, who does Inhofe plan to have on his arm during the main event?
“At this time, the ticket is available for his wife, who is in town,” staff stated.
Back when we began chronicling the adventures of the local legend now known as Capitol Hill Fox, the pointy-eared wonder was still scurrying into bushes to avoid prying eyes.
What a difference a week makes.
These days, the CHF is clearly living out loud — posing for pics at will and even performing for tourists who visited the Capitol this weekend.
An Architect of the Capitol aide said crew members encountered the camera-loving critter early Tuesday morning while making their rounds on the West Front. “It’s not our first sighting, but it is our first photo,” the administrative aide said, adding that groundskeepers described the animal as “docile” and felt it “looked healthy.”
It’s clear the CHF is here to stay.
In fact, our friends at DCist attempted to reverse-engineer its origin story, positing that the imagination-capturing interloper may, in fact, be the same wily character that feasted on first lady Michelle Obama’s untended kitchen garden during last year’s government shutdown.
We’re less concerned with where it came from than what to do with it now that the local community has obviously embraced it.
Here are a couple of win-win scenarios to consider:
Have congressional aide Andrew Aydin bring his beloved pooch, Delilah, to work.
(Courtesy Andrew Aydin)
Walk the dog around until she either sniffs out the CHF or the CHF comes bounding out for its daily photo op.
Release Delilah and let the Disney magic ensue. Full story
Back before he got pinched for cocaine possession, Rep. Trey Radel would light up his various social media channels several times a day with snarky observations, behind-the-congressional-scenes videos and quirky selfies.
Having recently returned to Congress after a brief stint in rehab, the Florida Republican has pretty much clammed up across the board. He has not shared anything on Facebook since blasting out his combo mea culpa/back-to-work statement on Dec. 29.
Another Hill aide snapped this pic of the auburn critter circulating with tourists right outside the Capitol. Again, nothing life-threatening to report: just a furry-footed visitor out for a leisurely stroll.
Should our pointy-eared pal ever get outta line, may we suggest putting Sen. Charles E. Grassley on the case?
The Iowa Republican is not only a seasoned farmer, he’s also an avid runner.
By the way, how about we name our new Capitol Hill denizen? Send us suggestions in the comments section below. And keep sending in tips/photos/video of any sightings!