Heard on the Hill

Flake, Edwards to Headline 2014 Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner

Featured speakers Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., are officially on the hook to leave “This Town” laughing at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 70th annual congressional dinner.

The charity event, scheduled to take place on Feb. 5 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, helps fund the WPCF’s educational initiatives, ongoing oral history project and intern placement program.

WPCF dinner committee Co-Chairwoman Christina Bellantoni (current PBS NewsHour political editor/incoming Roll Call editor in chief) said Flake and Edwards got the nod after careful consideration of members who might enjoy mixing it up a bit on stage. The newly minted senator has shown he’s not afraid to take his cues from cult cartoons, while Edwards has been known to talk a little smack around the softball diamond.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., laid into colleagues at last year’s yukfest, the first time the field had been narrowed down to just two would-be roasters.

Should Flake or Edwards need some pointers, they might want to chat up Delaware Democrat Chris Coons. The then-incoming senator honed his material for three months in anticipation of the 2011 dinner.