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Heard on the Hill: Rockefeller Switches Geres

Apparently, Sen. Jay Rockefeller is a huge Richard Gere fan. The West Virginia Democrat was in the middle of a scrum of reporters Tuesday after the Senate policy lunches when he interrupted their oh-so-serious questions to interject a cinematic musing.

He asked the scribes whether they were familiar with a movie in which the actor winds up in a Chinese prison (the Senator didnt name the movie, but were guessing with a little Google help that he was referring to the 1997 thriller Red Corner). That guy, he said, pointing to a nearby staffer, looks just like one of the characters played by a Chinese actor (that would be Byron Mann thanks again, Google).

The staffer was Ryan Patmintra, press secretary for Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.). HOH asked Patmintra whether he had ever heard about the resemblance before. Patmintra, who is Asian, says he doesnt really see it, but he seemed flattered.

Hey, at least he didnt mistake me for Sulu, he jokes, referring to the Asian character from Star Trek.

A Rockefeller spokesman says making obscure movie references is one of his bosss lesser-known talents. Besides mine safety and Medicaid, Sen. Rockefeller is also an expert on straight-to-video Richard Gere movies from the 90s, spokesman Vince Morris says.

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