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June 15, 2014

A New Low on Bowe? | Capitol Quip

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Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

The winner will receive a signed color print suitable for framing from Roll Call cartoonist R. J. Matson. Check out our past winners on Pinterest.

By Jason Dick Posted at 7 p.m.
Capitol Quip

Wedding Bells for John Rizzo, Tiffany Wynn

Senator Casey officiated the wedding of press secretary, John Rizzo, and Tiffany Wynn, a lawyer at Crowell and Moring.

John Rizzo and Tiffany Wynn cut the cake.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., recently added a new line to his career summary: Marriage officiant.

John Rizzo, press secretary for Casey, and Tiffany Wynn, a lawyer at Crowell & Moring, were married on May 31 at the Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C. John is from Scranton, Pa., and started his career in Casey’s office as an intern. He also worked in the press office of Democratic New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer. Tiffany is from Connecticut and a graduate of Duke University and Georgetown Law.

“My staff and I never thought that John’s dedication to, some might say ‘obsession with,’ press coverage could be rivaled by anything other than sports … that is, until he met Tiffany,” Casey said in his remarks at the ceremony.

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June 14, 2014

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of June 9 (Video)

Even with Majority Leader Eric Cantor stealing the spotlight for much of the week, members managed to focus their attention on beef jerky, hamburgers, pools and Ewoks.

June 13, 2014

Health Subcommittee Diagnoses Country’s Mood | Madisonville

Madisonville-Logo185x185The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health has gotten to the heart of what’s ailing the country. It turns out we’re sick. Literally. Almost half the country — 133 million people, one witness said — has a chronic medical condition or disability. That’s the news. The bad news is that it’s going to get worse. No wonder everybody’s in a bad mood.

The June 11 hearing on 21st century cures raised the question of how to encourage investment in potential treatments or cures for all those sick people. The issue combines two things Americans are passionate about: Their health and getting rich. The hearing was accordingly filled to standing-room-only capacity.  Full story

Tim Ryan Welcomes New Son, Brady Zetts Ryan

Rep. Tim Ryan has already had a taste of fatherhood raising two stepchildren with his second wife, Andrea. But he’s about to get a whole new flavor in raising his new son, Brady Zetts Ryan, who was born on Thursday, just a few days shy of Father’s Day.

The Ohio Democrat announced the birth of Brady, a 19 ¾-inch tyke weighing in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces the day after the birth.

“We are thankful that Brady and Andrea are both doing very well,” Ryan said.

“Mason and Bella are very excited to have a new little brother,” Ryan said of his two stepchildren.

In a statement, Ryan thanked the doctors, nurses and their midwife for their “excellent care and kind words.” In February, he announced that his wife was expecting.

Ryan, 40, is serving in his sixth term and is a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Budget Committee.

By Matt Fuller Posted at 1:45 p.m.
Kiddies, Reps

Fifty Years Ago, Jim Bunning’s Perfect Game at Shea Stadium (Video)

(CQ Roll Call Archives)

(CQ Roll Call Archives)

It was Father’s Day 50 years ago that former Sen. Jim Bunning made history, pitching a perfect game at Shea Stadium.

The Kentucky Republican’s hall of fame career featured no shortage of milestones, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn’t let the anniversary go by without a tribute to his former colleague — a man with whom he at times famously disagreed.

“The date was June 21, and in front of his wife Mary, his eldest daughter Barbara, and more than 32,000 cheering fans, Jim Bunning delivered the perfect Father’s Day gift by pitching a perfect game,” McConnell said of the game day in New York.

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By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 1:33 p.m.
Sports Desk

Do You Want to Work for Clay Aiken?

“American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken, the Democratic nominee in North Carolina’s 2nd District, is staffing up.

No longer “Invisible,” Aiken’s campaign is looking to hire a field director for his race against GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers, according to a job posting on a Listserv for progressive campaign jobs. For aspiring campaign workers, “This is the Night” to get involved.

“Do you want to work for Clay Aiken?” reads a job posting to the JobsthatareLEFT job Listserv. “Clay is the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election. Our race was named a DCCC emerging race and is one of the few competitive races in this battleground state.”

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By Emily Cahn Posted at 11:42 a.m.
Celebs, Staffers, VIPs

June 12, 2014

Seersucker Day Returns, Who Wore It Best?

Seersucker was in the House! (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Seersucker was in the House! (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Thanks to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss, June 11, 2014 will go down as one of the most chaotic days in the modern history of the United States Capitol.

But it will also go on the books as the moment Seersucker Day returned to Capitol Hill.

The hallway leading to the GOP conference meeting where Cantor announced his resignation from leadership served as almost a Seersucker fashion runway as the ranks of the GOP members strutted, (or more often, trudged) their way to the meeting past reporters and cameras.

As one of our faithful readers coined it, Capitol Hill got its “Matlock” on. Full story

Throwback Thursday: Eric Cantor Edition

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., made his first big splash on the pages of Roll Call with a photo capturing his razor-thin victory in the 2000 GOP primary.

Cantor, then a state delegate, won his primary by 263 votes. He outspent his rival, state Rep. Steve Martin.

After his victory, Cantor said Martin was a “formidable opponent,” adding, “We’ve been taking him seriously ever since the get-go because we knew he would have a significant grass-roots effort.”

Cantor’s first primary was described as a “bitter race.” The Virginia Republican was backed by outgoing-Rep. Tom Bliley, R-Va., which wasn’t much of a surprise considering Cantor had chaired Bliley’s re-election campaign for six years.

Cantor’s profile in Roll Call’s new member guide for the 107th Congress noted the state representative and attorney was hoping to land a spot on the Energy and Commerce or Ways and Means committees.

At the start of his second term, Cantor was appointed chief deputy whip for the House Republicans. Six years later, he ascended to GOP whip. In 2010, Cantor ran unopposed to become House majority leader.

“I have announced my intention to stand for election as majority leader because I am results oriented and I want to help lead that effort and bring about these changes,” Cantor wrote in a letter to his colleagues in 2010.

 

June 11, 2014

For Team Cantor: A Spotify Playlist for Commiserating

Team Cantor is at the Tune Inn, drowning their sorrows and listening to ’90s and 2000s rock. So what does the sound of political depression sound like? We at HOH humbly offer this Spotify list of tunes to nurse a crushed soul. Or soul-crushing tunes. One or the other:

Team Cantor Self-Medicates to Tune of $6,500

Team Cantor gathered at the Tune Inn to commiserate. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Team Cantor gathered at the Tune Inn to commiserate. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Current and former staffers for soon-to-step-down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor flooded into the Tune Inn Wednesday for a semi-private shindig featuring some heartfelt sobs, a few laughs and lots of Jameson.

The aides assembled at the Capitol Hill watering hole shortly before the Virginia Republican took to TV to announce that he would be relinquishing his leadership post, but not his seat, as of July 31. Cantor suffered a bruising defeat at the hands of tea party candidate Dave Brat on Tuesday night.

Once the news conference was over, the commiserators wiped away their tears and immediately opened their wallets — ponying up $500 and $1,000 apiece in order to cover the $6,500 required to have the bar to themselves from 6 p.m. ’til closing.

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 5:43 p.m.
DC, HillSide, Staffers

Vote for Your Favorite Bowe Bergdahl Quip

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The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists!

  • Politics delivered a “Low Bowe” to the welcome home festivities.
  • Reminds me of the time we were torn between negotiating with foxes and leaving no nuts behind!
  • This is nuts! Supporting the troops was the last thing we could all agree on.
  • Bergdahl? I thought we were going to BergDORFS!
  • I’m not cleaning this up! Are you?

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on June 15 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:43 p.m.
Capitol Quip

How Eric Cantor’s Loss Is Like Taste of America

Do you believe in miracles?

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It’s been a long time since Al Michaels famously yelled that question after the U.S. hockey team beat the Soviets in 1980 at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. No one thought the U.S. could beat the Soviet Union, at least in hockey. No one thought economics professor Dave Brat could beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Tuesday’s Republican primary in Virginia. Does anyone thinks that, say, Oregon blackberry pie can topple such culinary behemoths as Maine’s lobster roll or Maryland’s crab cakes in the annual Roll Call Taste of America contest.

So, underdog foods, do you believe in miracles?

By Jason Dick Posted at 4:41 p.m.
Food

Plotting Cantor’s Last 24 Hours as Leader

He’s still a ways away from needing to haul a moving van to cart his legislative mementos back to Henrico County, Va. But it’s now painfully obvious that Rep. Eric Cantor is living on borrowed time in Congress.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Virginia Republican saw his career cut short Tuesday after suffering a stunning loss to relatively unknown economics professor Dave Brat in a history-making electoral upset.

We suspect he’s already replaying in his head every single thing he could have done differently. One can only hope he’s sparing himself the indignity of compartmentalizing each crushing blow into a slowly unspooling shame spiral — though that might finally make for an interesting installment of the long-since abandoned “Snapshot of the Leader” series.

Team Cantor briefly experimented with a torturous examination of the House majority leader’s daily activities, but appears to have given up on the documenting process after just 120 mind-numbing minutes.

Hour One

Hour Two

Confidence is low they’ll revive the video diary for his last official day here on Capitol Hill. But we can’t help but wonder just what that might look like. Full story

Other Than That, Mr. Boehner, How Was Dinner?

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, was having dinner at a Capitol Hill Italian restaurant when the returns from Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary race came in showing the Virginia Republican had lost.

“No, you know the rules,” Boehner said when asked if he had any comment when leaving the Trattoria Alberto, which describes itself as “Fine Italian dining in a friendly, neighborhood setting.”

Boehner, in shirtsleeves and with his tie undone, was referring to his typical practice of not answering questions outside of a press conference. His demeanor was somewhat prickly, but not surprising given that he was being unexpectedly pursued after dinner by a few reporters after a stunning defeat for establishment Republicans. Full story

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