Teenage crooner Nick Jonas might be breaking hearts on Capitol Hill this week, but Rep. Jack Kingston spent his Monday hanging out with the singers even more famous rumored girlfriend and it could turn into the Georgia Republicans big break in showbiz.
Kingston got paid $8 an hour to appear as an extra in the new Miley Cyrus movie, The Last Song, which is being shot in Kingstons district. For about 16 hours Monday, Kingston, his wife, son, niece and nephew hung around with the teenage superstar and about 600 other extras on Georgias Tybee Island, portraying typical beach-goers.
They needed tons of untalented, unattractive, non-special extras, Kingston joked to HOH. I was the extra of the extras.
Kingston described the filming as just a normal day at the beach, complete with a carnival set built specifically for the film. We were walking around as tourists, looking at the rides, getting popcorn, Kingston said of his role.
Kingston didnt end up even meeting Cyrus, he said, although his 18-year-old son did. I didnt try, either, he admitted.
And perhaps trying to prove that his life isnt a beach, Kingston noted that he tried to get some Congressional work done during the filming, but his plans were foiled.
I took with me a whole bunch of Congressional reading, and at one point a wave washed up on the beach and soaked and ruined all my papers, Kingston said. Which was a good thing. Its one way to process it.
On a Wing and a Prayer. When Senators were asked for their thoughts on embattled Sen. John Ensign, many said they were praying for the Nevada Republican.
And while Senate Chaplain Barry Black didnt name the sex-scandal-plagued Senator in his daily prayer on the floor Tuesday morning, HOH couldnt help but think his message seemed a bit targeted.
Gracious God, ruler of all nature, protect our Senators from the seductive influences of power and prestige, Black said. Today, deliver them from the delusion of self-importance, which their position and status subtly nurture.
The Chaplains spokeswoman, Lisa Schultz, insisted that while the language of Blacks prayer might evoke thoughts of Ensign, it absolutely has nothing to do with him. Not even remotely. ... The prayers he offers are nonpolitical, she said.
Schultz added that Blacks prayers are general, nonpartisan statements that he normally writes in advance. Black wrote Monday, Tuesday and todays prayer on a plane flight during the weekend, she said. He usually doesnt refer to the goings-on of the day, she told HOH.
In the prayer, Black also asked that in disagreement and confrontation, help [Senators] to respect and esteem each other, as they struggle together for the resolution of complex issues.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, speaks with reporters in the Capitol after a speech on the Senate floor that accused the CIA of searching computers set up for Congressional staff for their research of interrogation programs.