Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) managed to stay on message during a sit-down last year with funnyman David Letterman on his New York City set.
Now she’s heading to the hot seat for left-coast host Jay Leno, who films his late-night show in Los Angeles. California transplant Pelosi will appear on the Feb. 23 episode of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Pelosi’s office confirms.
We’re thinking Leno will tone down his goofy schtick for a visit from a distinguished guest like the Speaker of the House, much like the usually off-the-wall Letterman did (Letterman and Pelosi mostly chatted soberly about the Iraq War and the then-upcoming elections, with a few lighthearted moments thrown in).
“The Speaker is a big fan of late-night TV,” spokesman Drew Hammill said. “She found it fitting that her first late-night appearance as Speaker would be with a fellow Californian.”
Be My ... Donor. Yeah, we didn’t need another example of why Washington, D.C., is one of the least romantic locales on Earth. Ah, but here it is: a smoochy, red-heart inscribed invitation to ... a fundraiser.
At several Valentine’s Day fundraisers, lobbyists have the chance to show that there’s no better way to say “I love you” than with the gift of a check. And, as with diamonds, the bigger, the better.
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) beckoned potential attendees to a fundraising luncheon with an e-mail whose subject line reads “be my snowy Valentine?” The invitation boasts a heart motif and lipstick-red lettering.
But be prepared to shell out a bit more than you would for a Whitman’s Sampler (or even a box of Godiva). The “suggested donation” is a cool grand.
Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-N.J.), too, has a romantic proposition for would-be suitors, er, we mean donors. At his V-Day luncheon fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Club, political action committees are asked for $1,000 and individuals $500. And if you’re stumped for where to take your sweetie, why not today’s Valentine’s fundraiser for Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) at the uber-romantic Landini Brothers restaurant in Alexandria, Va.? At $1,500 per PAC, you can bring a “significant other.”
DeGette, though, has ruled out the possibility of an amorous holiday. Her spokesman told us that the Congresswoman’s husband is flying into D.C. that night, but he has a late flight, and that her daughter will be visiting for a school-related event. “She says the chances of Cupid’s arrow striking are pretty slim,” he said.
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow. He was undeterred by the unflattering comparisons to the furry-lipped guy from the Village People. Unmoved by uncomfortable propositions by a certain cable-network comic to groom his lustrous mustache. And for decades, he stood resolute in his commitment to facial hair, despite fashion trends to the contrary and the well-established political wisdom that people don’t vote for men with something to hide.