Catwalk

Posted September 20, 2004 at 6:44pm

Z.Z. Top said it best: Every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man. And we’ll see if they really do come runnin’ just as fast as they can on Wednesday evening, when some of Capitol Hill’s most handsome and eligible staffers get dressed to the nines for the Men Against Breast Cancer fashion show. The group’s fashion extravaganza takes place at Poste, the sleek, trendy restaurant at the Hotel Monaco. [IMGCAP(1)]

Bob Stevenson, the typically modest spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), will be one of more than a dozen staffers strutting his stuff down the catwalk. We’re not sure exactly “who” they will be wearing, but we do know that Stevenson and John Halliwell, the legislative director for Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), will be wearing tuxedos provided by Bloomingdale’s.

Halliwell, who is 29, cute and single, is making his first foray into modeling. The subject has provoked some ribbing from other guys in his office. But Halliwell, whose mother is a colon cancer survivor, says the cause is worth the abuse. “I think this is such a great idea, and I think it’s really important for men to get involved,” he said.

Part of the goal behind the male fashion show, according to the group Men Against Breast Cancer, is to raise awareness about the importance of mammograms and “help men play a more active role in encouraging the women in their lives” to get the exams.

Stevenson, who is 49, handsome and married, is also making his debut as a male model, though he tried to jog HOH’s memory about “that swimsuit edition” when he was “Mr. November.” (Wasn’t that calendar outlawed?)

Stevenson is hitting the catwalk in memory of his dear friend Beth Ryan, a Senate Ethics Committee aide who died of breast cancer in 2002 at the age of 36. Stevenson also has two close friends who are breast cancer survivors.

He says he has such tremendous respect for the women he knows who have battled breast cancer that he’d do almost anything for them. “I would walk down the catwalk with Michael Moore if I thought it would do some good. Of course, I’d look better walking down the catwalk with Moore.”

Other hot male models will include: Kevin McDonald, a scheduler for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.); Jesse Jacobs, communications director for Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.); Charles Dujon, legislative director for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.); Joe Wheeler, senior legislative assistant to Rep. Jim Nussle (R-Iowa); Dominick McKellar, an aide to Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.); and Mario Meza, an aide to Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.).

The fashion show’s moderator will be Frank Sesno, CNN’s former Washington bureau chief, now of PBS’ “Sesno Reports.”

Pelosi Can Relax. Who ever heard of Terry Baum? She’s the Green Party candidate running for Congress against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Kind of. Because, you see, while the California Supreme Court blocked her bid to be placed on the ballot in August, Baum still calls herself a candidate for Congress.

Here is what we Washingtonians and D.C. transients are missing by not living in the Bay area and by not being on Baum’s mailing list. Tonight, and tonight only, at a club in San Francisco, Baum will be performing what she calls her “one-woman farce” as a benefit for her “Congressional campaign.”

In an e-mail to supporters circulated this week, Baum wrote: “ONE FOOL or HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE DUTCH or THE ASTONISHING AND TERRIFYING ADVENTURES OF A YANKEE DYKE IN AMSTERDAM or HOW SHE FOUND LOVE & LOST LOVE & FOUND LOVE & LOST LOVE ETC. can be seen for one time only at the Marsh in San Francisco.

“I’ve performed this tale of amorous misadventure for packed houses from Toronto to Tel Aviv. During my sold-out run in San Francisco, I was dubbed ‘THE LESBIAN WOODY ALLEN’ by the S.F. Chronicle, and described as ‘HILARIOUS, INSIGHTFUL AND RAUNCHY’ by the S.F. Bay Guardian.

“The play follows the Fool in her desperate search for love, which she unfortunately confuses with good sex — a common lesbian failing. I share the stage with a neurotic coatrack, a masochistic Teddy bear, and the vibrant city of Amsterdam.”

Pelosi’s office had no comment on Baum’s talent.

Right-Wing Conspiracy. PBS’ latest conservative-minded show is getting panned by the liberal-leaning media watchdog group Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting. The group, known as FAIR, is accusing PBS of caving to right-wing pressure by creating “The Journal Editorial Report,” the public television network’s new media show that features editorial writers from the Wall Street Journal editorial page.

The group had already had enough of Tucker Carlson and his bow ties. But now, FAIR says, with folks like Carlson, conservative commentator Michael Medved and the Wall Street Journal editorial page, “by 2005 there will be no one on PBS to balance them.” FAIR cited the public broadcasting newspaper the Current, which reported that PBS created its new conservative programming, in part, to balance “Now with Bill Moyers.” (Of course the show is being cut from one hour to 30 minutes; and Moyers is leaving the show later this year.)

FAIR says PBS and its president, Pat Mitchell, have become shills for conservative opponents of public television, including former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).

John Wilson, PBS’ senior vice president and co-chief of programming, defended the network’s programming decisions, saying, “We are here to create an informed public. In order to do so, it is important to offer diverse voices and perspectives by offering a wide spectrum of programming that varies in genre, format and in perspective.”

Wilson says PBS serves all citizens of America by offering “different perspectives and responsible debate.” FAIR, however, says the notion that public broadcasting should find ways to balance itself is “odd, and accepts at face value the right-wing critique that PBS is biased to the left.”

FAIR pointed out that the 1967 Public Broadcasting Act said public broadcasting should have “instructional, educational and cultural purposes” and address the needs of “unserved and underserved audiences.”

Rupert Time. The Bush administration is going to have a Rupert Murdoch-laden Wednesday, according to well-placed sources on the campaign trial. President Bush is scheduled to give an exclusive interview to Fox News on Wednesday morning while, at the same time, Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks to the New York Post editorial board.

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