Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesnt drink (the hard stuff, that is), so we can only imagine that his outing on Saturday to take in The Hangover was an exercise in cultural anthropology.
The Nevada Democrat was spotted at the AMC Loews Georgetown movie theater watching the booze-soaked hit, an HOH spy reports.
Reid spokesman Rodell Mollineau reports that Reid enjoyed experiencing the aftermath of a drunken night in Las Vegas vicariously, of course. He liked it. ... It reminded him of a tamer version of his bachelor party, he tells us.
The Torch Still Can Singe. Nothing makes a party interesting like the possibility of running into an ex ... or an enemy. Thats why an upcoming fundraiser could turn seriously awkward if one of the hosts happens to bump into the guest of honor.
A June 30 event benefiting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee features Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.), along with other unnamed Democratic Senators, as the draw. But its one of the hosts former Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) whose prominently featured name on the invitation raised some eyebrows around town. Torricelli and Menendez notoriously dislike one another, with bad blood that goes back years.
The feud dates to at least 1999, when Torricelli (then the head of the DSCC) recruited an unknown Democrat, Jon Corzine, rather than back Menendez in the race to replace retiring Sen. Frank Lautenberg. And in 2001, when Torricelli was reportedly considering running for New Jersey governor, Menendez helped round up opposition.
And now it seems the two could come face to face at the fundraiser in New Jersey, which the Torch is co-hosting.
DSCC Communications Director Eric Schultz downplayed the Menendez-Torch rift as simply stale. In other news from 2005, Brad and Jen are about to split up, and Apple says theyre going to release some new technology called an iPhone, Schultz told us.
Maybe, but old though it might be, the Jen-Brad plotline still sells magazines.
Political Scoops. Those famous cones of frozen custard the Obama girls enjoyed with their dad, President Barack Obama, this weekend? Theres a Congressional connection there.
When the first family stopped by popular Alexandria custard shop the Dairy Godmother on Saturday, they were visiting a business owned by Liz Davis, whose father was former Rep. Glenn Davis (R-Wis.). Davis tells HOH she tried to treat the girls like they were any other customers, not asking for photos or autographs. My wish is for all the restaurants to treat them as normally as possible, she says.
Her own experience as the daughter of a Congressman (her father was in Congress for much of her childhood) might have influenced her desire for the Obamas to have normal girlhoods. But back then, in the old days, it was different, and it wasnt anything like what those girls are going through, she says.
Come to a Full Stop. If you eat your lunch in the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria today, be warned you might be treated to a bit of performance art.
Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
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