At last night’s sold-out Will on the Hill fundraiser at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the D.C. Democrat and Rep. Joe Barton shared a hug on stage.
The Texas Republican gave her props for sacrificing for art.
“I’m sure I was the last person on earth she wanted to hug,” he said later. “Wrong,” Norton quipped in retort. “I can think of a few others.”
Still, she said Washington would be a little nicer with more hugs. “There is no Member of Congress I find so repugnant I wouldn’t hug them,” she said. “We can’t let a million ideological differences get in the way of a good hug.”
The event raised more than $360,000 for an educational program.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.