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Gluttony. Members of Congress have long been known for their penchant for adding pork to spending bills. But HOH’s biggest instance of gluttony has to be Rep. Tim Ryan’s (D-Ohio) breaking a strict diet in May, when he was supposed to eat on a weekly budget of $21, the amount the average food stamp recipient gets in his state. Alas, Ryan was busted by an HOH tipster who spotted the Congressman drinking a hot cup of pricey joe at Ebenezer’s Coffee House in Ryan’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Ohio Democrat didn’t even try to hide his identity, wearing one of his own campaign T-shirts. Ryan’s excuse for the major slip-up: Airport security confiscated his stash of peanut butter and jelly in his carry-on bag because they violated rules about what liquids can be carried on flights.
Sloth. Apathy can get you in trouble, too. Take Kim Stevens, the finance director for the House Administration Committee and one of the poohbahs of the new House parking regime, who personally racked up more than a dozen parking violations for leaving her car in a House-side garage with an expired D.C. registration. Do as I say ...
Greed. HOH is going to ’fess up and plead guilty to this particular cardinal sin. We just can’t get enough of your tips, sightings and fun stories, and we’re always on the lookout for more, more, more. So to all our tipsters for helping make 2007 such a fun one, we say a very heartfelt thanks. And here’s to an even more HOH-able 2008.
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