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Heard on the Hill: ESPN’s Andrews Switches to the C-SPAN Circuit

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? That’s a lot easier for me to talk about,” Andrews said at a press conference. “Let’s talk about Brett Favre. ... It’s 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 she’s 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 don’t think there were a lot of women reporters back then, so we are all proud of Erin,” Klobuchar said.

It’s Called Burying the Lede

It’s not uncommon for ex-Congressional aides to offer their Capitol Hill expertise to journalists; it’s 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 HOH’s eye.

Beth Leri of the public relations firm Spring O’Brien 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 Krueger’s 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 Republican’s 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 Krueger’s time working for Ney isn’t mentioned in the e-mail offering him for an interview, nor is it listed in his company bio on Concept Capital’s website.

Krueger and Spring O’Brien declined to comment to HOH.

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