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Heard on the Hill: Suited to Lead

What’s the secret to a powerful woman’s success? Confidence, maybe, or diligence? Nope. According to one Member of Congress, it’s a red suit.

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) reveals in the new book, “Secrets of Powerful Women,” that she once got an important lesson in fashion (and life) when she showed up at an event with former Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Granger, who was then the mayor of Fort Worth, wore a navy suit that she thought was “tasteful and powerful.”

But the legendarily bold Richards warned her to never wear the drab outfit again and prodded her to look around at the roomful of men in navy suits. Women in bold colors command attention, she advised.

Granger writes that the next time she saw Richards, at a Washington ball, “She was wearing an orange dress with sparkles. The cameras were all on her. I haven’t owned a blue suit since.”

The essay is one of 25 collected in the tome, out on Tuesday, by Lifetime Networks and VOICE, a female-focused imprint of Hyperion books. Other Congressional contributors sharing their tips meant to inspire women to become leaders include Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Shelley Moore Capito (R- W.Va.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).

HOH hears that at least a few of those contributors will be on hand for the bash that Lifetime and Hyperion are throwing Tuesday at the swanky W hotel.

Dress code: no navy suits, of course.

I Wanna Go Fast. As the great philosopher/fictional NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last” — and Rep. Kendrick Meek is using those words of wisdom to help his Senate bid.

The Florida Democrat will sponsor NASCAR driver Mike Wallace’s car at the Nationwide Series race in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 13, and in a unique fundraising move, donors to his campaign could win a chance to join the Meek family on the pit road come race day.

Supporters can sign up on Meek’s campaign Web site for the chance to nab a pit pass to visit Wallace and his team. Technically, no donation is necessary to enter, but HOH notes the online entry form is conveniently located next to an area on the Web site to give to the campaign.

In a press release, Meek said he’s a longtime NASCAR fan. “I’m running for the Senate to get Florida’s economy working again for the NASCAR Nation and all families throughout this state,” he said.

The Student Becomes the Master? Rep. Mike Honda is aiming to bring one of his former staffers back to Capitol Hill — but this time, as a colleague in Congress.

The California Democrat will host a meet-and-greet for New Jersey Congressional candidate Ed Potosnak at Democratic National Committee headquarters tonight.

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