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Most celebrity lobbyists love to gush about their charitable cause when they visit Capitol Hill but when ESPN reporter Erin Andrews came Tuesday to show support for anti-stalking legislation, she just wanted to talk sports.
Can we just talk about the Vikings? Thats a lot easier for me to talk about, Andrews said at a press conference. Lets talk about Brett Favre. ... Its easier for me to talk about touchdowns and errors and [pitcher] Matt Garza.
Andrews joined Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) and Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) to promote legislation designed to strengthen federal stalking laws. The measure was expected to pass the House on Tuesday afternoon, and Klobuchar plans to introduce companion legislation in the Senate.
Andrews initial hesitance to talk about the issue is understandable; the former Dancing With the Stars contestant was the target of a stalker who videotaped her through hotel peepholes and posted the footage to the Internet. The man is now in prison, and Andrews said she wants to use her ordeal to help other stalking victims.
Klobuchar praised Andrews for bringing stalking out of the shadows and onto the agenda and noted that shes also a trailblazer in the sports arena.
The Senator recalled when she was young, her father reported on the Minnesota Vikings and sometimes would take her along to games with him. I dont think there were a lot of women reporters back then, so we are all proud of Erin, Klobuchar said.
Its Called Burying the Lede
Its not uncommon for ex-Congressional aides to offer their Capitol Hill expertise to journalists; its how half this town stays employed, after all. But when a New York-based public relations firm touted former Hill aide Chris Krueger as a political strategist who can offer insight into the ongoing ethics scandal surrounding Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), it caught HOHs eye.
Beth Leri of the public relations firm Spring OBrien sent an e-mail to various news outlets pitching Krueger, who works for think tank Concept Capital, as an expert on ethics violations. But Leri failed to mention that Kruegers expertise likely comes, at least in part, from his experience working for former Rep. Bob Ney, who found himself dealing with his own ethics scandal a few years back.
According to LegiStorm, Krueger spent several years as the Ohio Republicans personal assistant on the House Administration Committee.
Ney would go on to resign from the House in 2006 after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy and making false statements relating to the Jack Abramoff scandal.
But Kruegers time working for Ney isnt mentioned in the e-mail offering him for an interview, nor is it listed in his company bio on Concept Capitals website.
Krueger and Spring OBrien declined to comment to HOH.
Hank Aaron Hits a Home Run for Rep. John Lewis
Legendary slugger Hank Aaron is hosting a campaign fundraiser for longtime friend Rep. John Lewis tonight at Nationals Park.