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By Warren Rojas Posted at 4:19 p.m. on June 10, 2013
It’s not every day you spot a lifelong conservative mingling with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender crowd. But, as we’ve learned here at HOH, magic happens within these walls on a regular basis.
The fish-out-of-water sighting this time around involves Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas, enjoying the hospitality provided by the Victory Fund during its June 5 reception in the Rayburn House Office Building foyer:
We can’t be sure how many other snowy-haired nonagenarians were floating around the gay-pride shindig, but Hall had to be the only person in the room who both helped co-found a hyper-vocal wing of his previous party (the Blue Dog Democrats) and has a solid “B” average (hasn’t dropped below 84 percent) from the American Conservative Union over the past decade.
The appearance was so remarkable, in fact, that it caught partygoers by surprise.
“He seems to be lost,” one attendee tweeted upon spotting Hall with drink in hand.
Others were more hopeful.
“Texas Republican Congressman Ralph Hall stops by #LGBT Pride Reception on Capitol Hill #progress #tcot #p2” Victory Fund spokesman Denis Dison alerted the Twitterverse.
Hall’s office did not respond to inquiries about what motivated the boss to attend.
Perhaps the Tune Inn was just packed?
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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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