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Heard on the Hill: Congressional Cameo

Bayh’s Sneaky Situation. The SFPD (that’s Senate Fashion Police Department, natch) was on high alert Monday night, when Sen. Evan Bayh turned up for a vote wearing a bright white pair of athletic shoes with an otherwise proper khakis, coat and tie ensemble.

But before they get out the handcuffs, Bayh Communications Director Eric Kleiman, has this to say in is boss’s defense: The Indiana Democrat, an avid jogger, hurt his foot and is wearing the comfy sneaks for a little extra support while his injury heals. “If the fashion police blow the whistle, tell them to look on the bright side: There are now two less loafers on Capitol Hill,” he jokes to HOH.

Sounds like the Senator will get off with just a warning on this one.

Hats Off (Message). Hill staffers were chuckling Tuesday about plastic novelty hard hats emblazoned with labor union insignias that were showing up in Congressional offices. The funny part: In addition to the union logo, the hats also sported stickers with the very un-union sentiment, “Made in China.”

In a typically Washington move, the bright yellow hats, with “Washington DC Building Trades Council” and “AFL-CIO” on the front, were being handed out at a Hill event Tuesday.

And in an even more typically Washington move, an AFL-CIO spokeswoman explains that an “inexperienced staffer” at the local council was responsible for the goof.

She Plays One on TV. Rep. Henry Waxman has a cute new pen pal. Emily Deschanel, the actress who stars as a lab-coat-wearing doc in the FOX crime drama “Bones,” wrote to the California Democrat in support of legislation that would halt research on chimpanzees and release federally owned chimps to sanctuaries. “On TV, I play a forensic anthropologist who solves crimes by reading clues in victims bones,” the actress wrote to the Congressman. “In real life, I’m an animal protection advocate, and I don’t need any more evidence to know that the way we treat chimpanzees is unacceptable.”

Overheard on the Hill. “Get a real job!”

— An unidentified Hill staffer, yelling at a group of people who staged a “flash mob protest” in the cafeteria of the Longworth House Office Building on Tuesday.

Jessica Brady contributed to this report.

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