The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been having loads of fun kicking embattled Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), but this may be taking it a little too far.
Bill Burton, the DCCC’s spokesman, has an upcoming birthday (HOH isn’t saying which one), and as part of the celebration of that milestone, he’s planning a karaoke challenge at a local bar in Dupont Circle on Saturday. The theme — “I Will Survive.” The host — “Bob Ney.”
Now Ney isn’t really the host for the soiree, but the Evite for the event lists him as such. Burton said it was a joke by his girlfriend, Laura Capps, spokeswoman for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and daughter of Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), to list Ney. But Burton said Ney, if he is free Saturday, would be welcome if he felt like dropping in. “I’m very happy to provide some merriment to Mr. Ney in his final days in Congress,” Burton quipped.
Ney is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Justice Department over his ties to former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and he has been referred to as “Representative No. 1” in five plea agreements stemming from the scandal, including one by his ex-chief of staff, Neil Volz. Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) forced him to step down as chairman of the House Administration Committee back in January. Ney continually has denied any wrongdoing in his dealings with Abramoff, and he is seeking re-election this November to a seventh term in the House.
Mustache Mania. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-N.J.) staff didn’t wait for recess to officially begin to start having their August fun. On Friday they sent out an e-mail invitation to join in their salute to Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck by holding their first “Mustache Contest.”
Judging will be conducted during the last week of the August recess by Lautenberg’s staff, including the ladies, who despite being at a disadvantage in the contest are asked to “show your support by encouraging as many men as possible to enter the contest.” The winner will be the man whose mustache most resembles that which the two actors sported in the hirsute ’70s and ’80s.
In the e-mail, Lautenberg’s press secretary, Alex Formuzis, offered the prize of on “all-expense paid weekend trip to one of the following ‘stache friendly’ destinations San Diego, Ft. Lauderdale, Greenwich Village or Fire Island. Stay Classy!!”
Formuzis later told HOH the vacation is just a joke and the only prize “will be being able to claim they grew the best mustache, a la closest to that of Tom Selleck or Burt Reynolds.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
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