Leave it to Speaker John A. Boehner to bring fellow Ohio Republican Steve Chabot face to face with his past.
Boehner tapped College Football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz to motivate House Republicans during the group’s retreat in Cambridge, Md. — a pep talk which included a throwback pic of a mutton-chopped Chabot being courted by the then-third-year coach to play ball at the College of William & Mary.
While Democrats were busy staking out POTUS-accessible aisle seats hours ahead of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, Republican lawmakers had plenty of time to mix and mingle with those on hand for the political spectacle.
Who did GOP solons overwhelmingly seek out and exuberantly squeal about meeting all over social media?
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
No longer satisfied with merely being an object of adulation, the CHF apparently decided to strike a little fear into the hearts of local admirers by savagely dispatching a too-slow squirrel. “He put on a helluva of a show, … an old-fashioned safari-style kill,” the awestruck observer shared via Twitter.
Gildenblatt, who witnessed the chase and capture from start to finish, told HOH the brutal display happened right around 4:45 p.m. — prime time for visitors snapping pictures of the glowing Capitol just as the sun retreated beneath the horizon. 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.
Ah, tourists. Sometimes they really are the lifeblood of the city. With Congress still in recess and many staffers using vacation time until things heat back up on Jan. 6, these visitors, spotted jumping for a photo on the East Front, injected a little life into an otherwise quiet Capitol campus on Thursday.
It took about a year, but freshman Rep. Joe Garcia has officially landed on Harvey Levin’s radar.
The celebrity gossip site took notice of the Florida Democrat after he was photographed strolling surfside with a lady friend sporting barely-there swimwear. Remember: You can’t un-see things: Full story
Per Yoder’s press office, the newborn — measuring in at 20 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce, as recorded by the staff at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kan. — officially joined the family at 2:16 p.m. last Thursday.
“Someone once told us that having a baby is the one chance we get to help God perform a miracle. We’re so fortunate and blessed to add Caroline into our lives and thankful of God’s miracle of life that brought her into our family,” Yoder announced to the world on his Facebook page.
This is the first child for Yoder and his wife, Brooke.
Looks like Rep. Renee Ellmers had herself a little fun Wednesday night, stepping out for a buzzy flick — Tom Hank’s skippering saga, “Captain Phillips” — and later rubbing elbows with the eponymous gent who inspired said maritime thriller.
Met Captain Phillips last night after watching movie based on 2009 hijacking of MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates. pic.twitter.com/fU6ULIKu7X