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Heard on the Hill: How Would Nancy Drew Handle It?

As a fan of the intrepid teenage sleuth, HOH sometimes asks that question when confronted with a puzzle. Little did we know, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor might, too.

The Virginia Republican snared the services of a speechwriter who apparently has silver-screen credits, including work on the 2007 “tweener” flick “Nancy Drew,” starring Julia Roberts’ niece, Emma Roberts. According to his most recent quarterly filings with the Federal Election Commission, Cantor paid $2,000 to Joshua Sostrin on March 3. According to the exhaustive Internet Movie Database, or imdb.com, a Joshua Sostrin assisted legendary writer Jerry Weintraub on “Nancy Drew” as well as all three of the “Ocean’s” movies starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney and a host of other A-list actors.

We can’t blame Cantor, who is working hard to raise his profile (generating talk that he might make a presidential run in 2012), for wanting the same guy putting words in the mouth of George Clooney (or clever girl Nancy Drew, for that matter) to be writing his speeches. A Cantor spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

Still, the Cantor-Tinseltown connection had some staffers looking for popcorn. “Between this and Britney Spears, Cantor has gone Hollywood,” chuckles one Democratic aide, referring to Cantor’s recent headline-making attendance at a Britney concert.

Out of Step. It was the last dance for Elizabeth Kucinich.

During the Congressional recess, the British-born, red-haired wife of Rep. Dennis Kucinich was voted off “Cleveland’s Dancing with the Stars,” a local morning-show version of the popular network reality competition that airs on the Forest City’s News Channel 5.

Although the Ohio Democrat regularly urged his supporters (via Twitter) to vote for his wife, Kucinich didn’t rack up enough votes and got the boot during week four of the competition.

It wasn’t for lack of trying, though — Kucinich certainly put on a show in her last performance. Sporting a short, black- sequined dress, black tights and black high heels, Kucinich and her partner, local dancer Rob O’Bryant, earned several rounds of applause from the audience.

Still, she couldn’t cha-cha-cha past her nimble-footed rivals, who included the mayor of Seven Hills, Ohio; “Slider,” the Cleveland Indians’ mascot; a local firefighter; a local doctor; and two local radio disc jockeys.

Kucinich did hang in the contest longer than former Cleveland Browns player Al “Bubba” Baker and two other area DJs. And we have a feeling Kucinich is pleased with her showing.

After all, when she made it to week three, she blogged on her MySpace page that she was pretty proud.

“Dennis and I didn’t have a first dance at our wedding because I was too nervous at the idea of dancing in front of anyone, so as silly as it may sound, making it to the third round of Cleveland’s Dancing with the Stars is quite a personal achievement,” she wrote.

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