From a Congressman refusing to pay his cab fare to a certain staffer misusing a listserv, 2010 was a good year for gossip. Over the next two weeks HOH will count down our top 10 items of the year. We’ve sifted through dozens of columns and found the most salacious, titillating and hilarious gossip of the year.
In our No. 10 spot is the story in which we learned about the legendary dance moves of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D).
The D.C. Democrat is leading the effort to designate July 31 as National Dance Day and will partner up with “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Nigel Lythgoe on the National Mall to host a National Dance Day flash mob. While professional dancers and SYTYCD contestants are scheduled to perform, Norton told HOH that she expects to bust out a few moves of her own.
“I’m known for it,” Norton said. “If there’s a dance I don’t know, I’ll get out and learn it.”
Former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes, co-chairwoman of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, also plans to stop by the event. National Dance Day, which will be celebrated across the country, ties perfectly into efforts to promote physical fitness, including first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Norton said.
“Why not focus on a physical exercise that is a lot of fun?” she added.
Norton tells HOH that she has invited every Member of Congress to try out a few moves of their own. Since Norton introduced the measure, several people have asked whether she thinks she can dance.
“I’ll answer, ‘Yeah, I think I can dance,’” Norton said. “Put the music on, I’ll get out there.”
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.