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By Neda Semnani Posted at 12:01 a.m. on May 10, 2012
On a mild Tuesday evening near the end of happy hour, people enjoying margaritas at Tortilla Coast and others milling around the area were treated to quite a performance by freshman Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and his wife, Vivien.
A sobbing Vivien Scott was spotted with a name tag stuck to her bare arm, trying to hail a cab and arguing with her husband, the Congressman.
He “was furious with her,” an HOH tipster tells us. “He kept walking away, then she’d chase him.”
This might be appropriate given that in a 2011 Politico profile, Vivien Scott said of their courtship: “It’s kind of an ongoing joke. I apparently chased him down.”
The Scotts are something of a power couple in Washington, D.C.
He was voted president of the House freshman class after taking office last year. She was voted president of the Congressional freshman class spouses. She’s been involved enough to even get her own House email address.
According to our tipster, the row was intense enough that “everyone from staffers to Tortilla Coast’s customers and tourists were watching.”
The Congressman “stormed off a couple times and came back. Finally, she chased after him and they disappeared.”
A request for comment from Scott’s office was not returned by press time.
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Warren Rojas is a Heard on the Hill columnist for Roll Call, having previously worked as the founding dining editor for Northern Virginia Magazine and also as a tax reporter for Tax Notes. @WARojas
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