Following up on our exclusive this week, we hear that spinning instructor Glenn Makl will keep his job at the Sports Club/LA in Washington, D.C.’s West End. In fact, Makl is listed on the club’s schedule to teach Thursday morning’s 6:15 a.m. spin class as usual.
It’s a safe bet that Jenna and Barbara Bush won’t be there after the embarrassment last Thursday, when Makl, somehow not realizing that the twins were in his class, proceeded to make fun of President Bush — impersonating the president’s infamously botched “fool me once” speech and other memorable Bush gaffes.
But the private Sports Club/LA is maintaining stony silence on the incident, not wanting to risk losing the Bush twins as members, especially after lobbying the first daughters so hard to join the exclusive club.
Meanwhile, we also learned another tidbit about Makl, besides his having voted twice for Dubya and twice for former President George H.W. Bush. In the less-than-six-degrees-of-separation-from-Jack Abramoff department, Makl is married to Joy Langford, a lawyer at Chadbourne & Parke, the firm that represents — you got it — Big Jack.
Back in the Slammer. R. Keith McDonald, the 42-year-old son of Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-Calif.), returned to federal prison on Tuesday, ending a seven-month period of freedom.
McDonald, who was convicted in October 2004 on political corruption charges, was released on Sept. 20 in order to be with his mother, who had undergone surgery for an undisclosed ailment. A federal judge granted McDonald an unusual “temporary emergency release” of six months to be with his mother, wife and children. McDonald’s release was then extended by another six weeks. McDonald has only served three months of his 41-month sentence.
McDonald has been appealing his conviction, but his request for a new trial was apparently turned down by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles, which prosecuted the case.
So on Tuesday, McDonald turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service at the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex, located in Lompoc, Calif.
Lompoc, 175 miles northwest of Los Angeles, has both high- and low-security facilities, and is adjacent to Vandenberg Air Force Base, according to the Bureau of Prisons Web site.
Millender-McDonald has refused to discuss her health or her son’s case.
Pryce to SCOTUS. Big day for House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio). This morning, she’s due to be sworn in as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. Pryce is joining a group of her fellow graduates of Capital University Law School in Ohio. Conference spokesman Sean Spicer says Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to do the honors.
Pryce, a former judge, was nominated for admission to the Supreme Court Bar by Capital Law School Dean Jack Guttenberg and Athornia Steele, the school’s former associate dean.