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July 31, 2014
We wish we could blame it on the heat, but it was only 79 degrees in Washington on Wednesday.
Republican Reps. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, a pair often seen hanging out together on the House floor, exchanged fierce words Wednesday over appropriate footwear for Seersucker Day.
It all started on Tuesday, when Capito threw a jab at Ros-Lehtinen.
Both women were surveyed for advice to women ahead of the return of Seersucker Thursday in the Senate. Ros-Lehtinen, approached first, grumbled about her lack of buck shoes because of their price.
“No, no, no, no, no, no, no,” she said. “They need to come down for Mama.”
When Capito was asked about footwear, she pointed to Ros-Lehtinen as the example of what not to do.
“Don’t do what Ileana Ros-Lehtinen does and wear matching seersucker shoes,” she said. “That is a no-no.”
Thirty-nine minutes after the story posted on Wednesday, the Ros-Lehtinen camp emailed this photo and message: “She says she went full Seersucker just to upset Shelley Moore Capito.”
Ros-Lehtinen stopped on her way into Wednesday evening votes to show off her shoes and gripe about Capito.
Capito’s office responded to the photo with a statement not backing off one bit.
“Not a good look,” Capito said.
Bless their hearts.
Think you nailed the seersucker look? See a member preening around Russell in the threads? A staff colleague? Snap a pic on Thursday, send it here with “seersucker” in the subject line, and we’ll determine “Who Wore It Best.” Can the Senate side can keep up with the House? Only time will tell …
July 30, 2014
After two years, Seersucker Thursday finally returns to the Senate. Back in June, when the House side hosted its own seersucker celebration, HOH ran an item Seersucker Day: Trent Lott’s Fashion Do’s and Don’ts.
Upon reflection, we realized that most of his advice was applicable predominantly to males. We reached out to Lott for female etiquette. But he shied away, referring us to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., one of the players integral to bringing back the tradition. Feinstein declined to give advice, but did issue a statement.
“Seersucker Thursday is a light-hearted tradition that fosters camaraderie, nothing more and nothing less,” Feinstein said. “It’s a brief, bipartisan reprieve from our normal routine.”
So we took the party over to the House side, and conducted a survey of Southern and Southern-ish female representatives of how to best wear seersucker.
- Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. (Though there’s much debate, we’re counting West Virginia as Southern for this project.)
- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla.
- Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. (Born and raised in North Carolina.)
- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
- Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala.
July 29, 2014
Ex-Sen. Trent Lott’s dog days are over.
The man who created Seersucker Day back in the late 1990s has been on a bit of a tear ever since the Senate ditched the tradition two years ago.
But thanks to his pal Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and his successor, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Senate Seersucker Day is back on Thursday. And it comes just in the nick of time, in the final week of the summer session. ”Seersucker is great!” Lott said in a Monday phone interview with CQ Roll Call. “When it gets above 80 degrees, you need to be thinking seersucker.” Full story
July 25, 2014
If there is any doubt that we’ll miss the fashion flare of retiring Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., in future congresses, we certainly hope this photo dispels those doubts. We love madras!
July 21, 2014
Just when you thought it was safe to wear shorts again, Chubbies — the uber-shortmaker of the fashion world — brings to you its Gadsden flag edition, a model of leg-baring boldness with its coiled snake and thigh-high “Don’t Tread on Me” motto.
“Don’t even think about treading on me. Ever,” the cheeky short-seller states in its description for prospective bro-tastic buyers, before adding, “If you do, these shorts will come at you like a coiled pit viper that just found out he can’t text his girlfriend because he lacks opposable thumbs.”
Within days, possibly hours, the “Sold Out” sign went up, undoubtedly as tea-party fashionistas got word and the weekend approached. CQ Roll Caller Scott Campbell, upon finding out of HOH’s interest in the libertine fashion statement, wanted to know, “Is HOH going to swagger-jack me?”
He was kidding, we think, because he went on to detail his long-time pining for the yellow item. “I’ve been wanting to buy those shorts for a long time. They’ve been sold out,” he said, noting, ” They’re comfortable shorts.”
Lucky for the Chubbies set, more are on the way, according to the company. “We’re working like crazy to make more of these bad boys. Find out when they’re back in-stock by signing up below,” the website states, inviting you to join its freedom-loving email list.
July 14, 2014
As the House Energy and Commerce Committee takes up legislation that would streamline the approval of new and modern ingredients for sunscreens, we discovered a column from the pages of Roll Call 25 years ago this week.
Back then, this newspaper featured a recurring column called “Capital Health.”
The column a quarter century ago warned of the dangers of unprotected exposure to the sun by members of Congress, featuring a great quote from Dr. Stephen Katz of the National Institutes of Health. As Lucretia Marmon wrote:
Premature aging of the skin and skin cancer are caused by prolonged and intermittent overexposure to sunlight and ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
And Members of Congress should take care. They might actually be more vulnerable than Americans in general.
Dr. Stephen Katz, chief of dermatology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), says Members are prime candidates for photodamaged skin and skin cancer. Says Katz, ”Congressmen are mostly white. They are more affluent and they vacation more. They are concerned about their looks and likely to prefer a tan. And they probably get their tans during short exposures to the sun.”
Along with this warning comes the good news that smile lines and “aging spots” don’t necessarily come hand-in hand with getting older. And skin cancer can be prevented. Professionals are urging Members to get smart and cover-up.
As for the new legislation, Rep. Edward Whitfield, R-Ky., said in a statement that the bill “will allow Americans access to the best products on the market and also spur innovation in an area of significant public health importance.”
“With skin cancer being by far the most common form of this terrible disease, it’s important that consumers have access to the latest breakthroughs in sunscreen technology,” Whitfield said.
June 10, 2014
Seersucker Day on Capitol Hill is less than 24 hours away, and the concept can be a bit tricky for those not from the Deep South.
So, as a service to our readers, we called on the originator of the Capitol Hill tradition, ex-Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, for his advice on how to make the most of Seersucker Day.
“It was one of those rare occasions when something was bipartisan and for both genders,” the former Republican leader said. He added that it was a fun-spirited day where members could “get a picture and laugh together a little bit.”
Trent Lott’s Seersucker Do’s Full story
May 4, 2014
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. did not attend the White House Correspondents Dinner, but he was the star anyway.
Mid-way through the dinner, President Barack Obama presented a seven-minute long video of Biden taking “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus on an adventure around the White House and Washington, D.C.
Biden played a Steve McQueen-esque version of himself, sporting a bomber jacket and driving a Corvette around the grounds of the Naval Observatory while wearing aviators … at night.
Word spread fast online over the video. While dinner attendees rushed off to after-parties, and eventually bed, there were nearly 35,000 views of the video on YouTube as of 9:20 a.m.
April 28, 2014
Former Sen. Max Baucus is representing U.S. interests in Beijing, as our ambassador to China, and in doing so, he left behind his quite nice D.C. digs, the sale of which is scheduled to close on May 9.
An “under contract” sign hangs outside his $1.2 million home in Eastern Market at 717 North Carolina Ave. SE, just a few blocks from the Capitol.
”We had lots of interest,” said listing agent Christopher Ritzert, adding, ”It’s a really nice
house. It’s in a spectacular location.”
Sotheby’s International Reality, a company committed to selling luxury real estate, is handling the sale.
The listing boasts 2,100 square feet, three bedrooms, two fireplaces and a spa/hot tub.
Baucus was confirmed as top envoy to China in February, prompting him to list his home. According to Ritzert, Baucus put the home on the market on March 20. The Washington Post reported that Baucus had lived in the house since 2009, when he bought it for $969,000.
April 4, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be new to Instagram, but the veteran lawmaker is clearly well rehearsed in the art of putting one’s best face forward.
We’ve started an Instagram account. What do you think of it? http://t.co/W0vxNm90kO
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) April 4, 2014
Though just a few hours old, the Nevada Democrat’s online photo diary is already chock full of cookie-cutter campaign art, including:
The Power Huddle
Just, you know, shooting the breeze with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, R-Calif. Full story
March 20, 2014
Pharrell’s hit song “Happy” has remained at the top of the charts for a month now, and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., recently showed why the tune is such a hit.
Rachelle O’Neil, a staff assistant in Lewis’ office, posted two Facebook videos Wednesday of the congressman cutting the rug. O’Neil said the dance was part of a “long-awaited” birthday celebration. (Lewis’ birthday was Feb. 21.)
“Be happy everybody, happy,” said Lewis. “That’s what the government is supposed to do.”
Keep dancing, congressman.
February 26, 2014
Speaker John A. Boehner has a special affinity for poking fun at reporters’ sartorial decisions. But on Wednesday, it was Boehner who found himself on the butt end of a joke.
The Ohio Republican began his question and answer session Wednesday morning with some classic schoolyard sarcasm regarding Bloomberg reporter Derek Wallbank’s decision to wear a light purple button-down Wednesday.
“Nice shirt,” the Speaker said.
Wallbank took the comment — or at least tried to take the comment — as a compliment.
“Thank you, sir,” he said. Full story
January 31, 2014
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.