Heard on the Hill

Booze Writer Offers to Liquor Up Congress

Call us crazy, but it sounds, at least to us, like imbibing scribe David Wondrich would prefer to see Congress folks close down local bars like it was their job.

“In recent decades, though, give or take a Vito Fossella, you don’t hear much about woozy high times in the nation’s capital,” he eulogizes in the June/July issue of Esquire.

Partisanship, it seems, has ruined the raucous good times once enjoyed by all. But rather than drown his sorrows alone, Wondrich elects to get politically active.

His solution: spotting bipartisan drinking buds a few bucks.

Columbia Room co-founder and cocktail guru Derek Brown assured HOH Wondrich’s offer was on the level.

“Absolutely. He left the credit card with us,” Brown confirmed.

And while Brown swore neither he nor his staff would ever publicize the comings and goings of any elected officials who choose to wet their whistles within the Passenger’s inner sanctum, he did bring us up to speed on just how much money Wondrich has had to shell out to date.

“So far, no takers,” Brown shared.

Could it be that no sitting members of Congress are tight enough to bend the elbow together? Aren’t newly reunited Sens. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., and Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., interested in rekindling their bromance with some high-end hooch?

No Labels member Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., told HOH not to worry.

“I have some great friends who are Democrats and we try and get together on a regular basis. I am also from Wisconsin, which means if there is an opportunity to have a round of beers you take it — turning it down would be considered blasphemy,” he said. “My friends and I would be happy to sit down for drinks if it would help disprove the notion that there aren’t any Republicans and Democrats in Congress who are friends.”

It’s worth a shot.