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Heard on the Hill: Bumped From the Hot Seat

Most recently, Hatch garnered attention for “Eight Days of Hannukah,” his tribute to the Jewish people.

Make It Work. One-time Virginia gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran (above) doesn’t strike HOH as a major fashionista. But when the younger brother of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) is honored tonight, he’ll be joined by a stylish, quasi-famous friend.

Designer Logan Neitzel, who placed sixth in the most recent season of “Project Runway,” is set to appear at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar at a reception hosted by the Career College Association.

CCA spokesman Luke Thomas tells HOH that Neitzel was invited because he graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle, one of the group’s member institutions. Neitzel will pose for photographs, sign autographs and might even offer styling tips — but Thomas warns the event is invite-only, so if you want to get in, you’ll have to try your luck at party-crashing.

While Neitzel is the night’s VIP, the reception actually honors the group’s new staffers, including Moran, who started as executive vice president of government affairs in late 2009. Katherine Brodie, director of government and legal affairs, and Sarah Abruzzese, communications director, will also be honored.

The ThighMaster Meets the Cot-Dweller. Green rooms make for odd meetings. On Tuesday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) found himself in New York, cooling his heels while waiting for an appearance on Fox News’ “Your World” hosted by Neil Cavuto. Who should also be waiting for her turn on the same show but actress, author and ThighMaster pitchwoman Suzanne Somers. And that’s how the geeky Congressman met the glamorous former “Three’s Company” star.

The two had a nice but brief chat, Chaffetz spokeswoman Alisia Essig tells HOH. Somers told Chaffetz, known for his prolific Twittering and for bunking on a cot in his office, that she had seen him on TV. And Essig says Chaffetz returned the compliment, telling the former Playboy model that he appreciates the work that she’s done on health issues (Somers has a new book about alternative cancer treatments) and giving her his e-mail address.

But did he compliment her on her thighs? “We didn’t get that far,” Essig says.

Overheard on the Hill. “Honest engine on that.”

— The Fox News transcription of a Jan. 5 interview with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. Video clearly shows Steele saying the dicier phrase “honest Injun,” but the network’s automated transcription service apparently heard otherwise.

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