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Heard on the Hill: Invasion of the Boldfacers

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“That was all the rage in Europe,” he said of the all-black shoes, adding that Lowey can bring the look to Congress.

Barker’s film, set for a September release, highlights the successes of the fight against HIV and AIDS while also studying the future of the battle. Barker recently spent two weeks filming in Tanzania.

Barker interviewed Lowey, he noted, because she helped oversee the ultimately successful expansion of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

“She’s a very down-to-earth, maternal lady,” Barker said. “When I was speaking with her, I felt like I was talking to my mum.”

Lowey offered similar praise.

“Congresswoman Lowey was impressed with Nigel’s passion and activism for eradicating pediatric AIDS,” spokesman Matthew Dennis told HOH. “And she was especially happy to get his seal of approval on her shoes.”

HOH notes Barker wasn’t the only reality television fashionista cutting a stylish figure on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Several HOH spies reported seeing “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn and the show’s season-five winner Leanne Marshall as they lobbied for intellectual property legislation.

Queens for a Night. If there’s one surefire way to get people to show up at a fundraiser, it’s to offer plenty of food.

And nobody does that better than Rep. Gary Ackerman.

The New York Democrat hosted his annual “Real Real 100% Imported From New York Deli Fundraiser (The Whole Schmeer!)” at the Sewall-Belmont House on Tuesday night, treating Members and guests to an array of Big Apple delicacies brought to the nation’s capital by Ben’s Best Deli on Queens Boulevard in Rego Park, N.Y.

While pastrami was the most popular menu item of the night, deli workers also dished out classics including matzo ball soup, knishes, chopped liver, stuffed cabbage, corned beef, rye bread and hot dogs from a cart.

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