Granted, I’m still the NKOTB here at CQ/Roll Call Gossip Central. But we’ve definitely had some fun this year in the HOH-verse, haven’t we?
Breaking news, meta navel-gazing, investigative reporting, fried-chicken flame wars. We’ve done it all.
On the off chance you were distracted by real news (whatever the hell that means), here are my top 5 favorite Heard on the Hill stories from the past year:
1) Pecangate: A lost weekend in Annapolis opened the door to a series of complaints about administrative misdeeds and professional missteps by Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) and his troubled staff.
2) Know Your Role: Bumping into fellow hacks at rallies/political events is nothing new. But my eagle-eyed (eared?) colleague, Neda Semnani, produced her own radio drama when she spotted NPR host Lisa Simeone stirring things up on behalf of one of the “occupy” factions.
5) All Apologies: How prescient of Ms. Semnani to prepare this blanket mea culpa for all those overworked staffers who, hopefully, still managed to carve out a little family time after toiling away on the debt ceiling, continuing resolutions and, most recently, the payroll tax cut extension.
Tune in tomorrow for another walk down memory lane from the other half of Team HOH.
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.