Heard on the Hill: Stormy and Cantor — They Know Whips

Posted May 11, 2009 at 6:36pm

Aside from an affinity for the camera and a touch of overexposure, porn star Stormy Daniels and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor don’t seem at first blush to have much in common.

[IMGCAP(1)]But one of Cantor’s former colleagues says the Virginia Republican and the adult film actress share a common interest — listening. In a Monday story in the conservative American Spectator magazine, a former GOP Member of Congress is anonymously quoted drawing a comparison between the National Council for a New America that Cantor is spearheading and the “listening tour— that Daniels is taking as she considers challenging Sen. David Vitter (R-La.).

“Apparently it’s true: great minds do think alike,— the Spectator quotes Cantor’s former colleague as saying. Wonder who that mystery Member is? So does HOH.

The mag identifies the source of the quote only as someone “who lost his seat last election cycle, he believes, for supporting the Bush bank bailout plan at Cantor’s request.—

A Cantor spokesman wouldn’t comment on the Stormy-Cantor connection.

Glory Days for the GOP? Love for “The Boss— apparently transcends party lines.

Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry is hosting a fundraising event at the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert at the Verizon Center on Monday night, offering Republican Party faithful a chance to see the Boss and Co. at $1,000 a ticket (or $2,500 to be an event co-sponsor).

Not surprisingly, the North Carolinian won’t be the only Member hosting a fundraiser — Democratic Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.), Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Patrick Murphy (Pa.), Ron Kind (Wis.) and Baron Hill (Ind.) are among those expected to raise cash at the concert.

But McHenry’s bash benefits the House Conservatives Fund, making the concert an odd choice for his fundraiser. After all, the Boss long has maintained loyal support for the Democratic Party, notably as a high-profile campaigner for President Barack Obama.

Still, it seems Springsteen’s undeniable love of country apparently has won over at least some right-wingers. “Bruce and Patrick don’t agree on much, but they both love the Land of Hope and Dreams,’— McHenry spokesman Brock McCleary told HOH, referring to Springsteen’s patriotic anthem.

Some Date Night. It’s hardly considered the date movie of the year, but “Outrage— was the flick of choice this weekend for Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and his wife, Diane.

The casually dressed couple took in the Friday opening screening of the controversial film, which has drawn fire for “outing— closeted politicians, at the E Street Cinema downtown. After the show, a Roll Call reporter who spotted them caught up with the Nelsons to get their reviews: Both agreed that it was “well-done,— but the Senator seemed concerned about the subject matter, answering “yes— when the reporter asked if he thought the movie hit “below the belt.—

Let’s hope Sen. Nelson at least bought his wife some popcorn.

Scene and Heard. Perhaps it was the warm weather or the draw of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but plenty of D.C. A-listers were seen out and about this weekend.

An HOH spy spotted Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his wife, Anna, browsing the vendors at Eastern Market on Saturday afternoon. Decked out in a casual ensemble of belted khaki pants and a polo shirt, Bernanke watched as his spouse tried on a variety of hand-crafted necklaces. “It makes me feel good about the economy,— our spy joked.

Another HOH spy caught White House adviser David Axelrod scanning the aisles in the Whole Foods Market in Logan Circle on Friday evening. Our spy noted that Axelrod (looking sort of sloppy in a stained shirt, our spy says) didn’t actually have any food with him — ever the workhorse, Axelrod was clutching a book and typing away on his BlackBerry during his trip to the grocery store.

And let’s hope he’s as good at minding the nation’s purse strings as he is at minding his own: HOH spied House Appropriations ranking member Jerry Lewis dining at the dive-y Tune Inn at around noon on Sunday. The casually garbed California GOPer — who had finished by the time we arrived — was joined by two others on the restaurant’s patio and chatted up the passersby who recognized him.

Baby Talk. Add two new little ones to the club of offspring of former Roll Callers. Not-so-little Simon Henry Pershing, son of Roll Call’s former deputy editor Ben Pershing and his wife, Beth, was born Monday, weighing in at a solid 8 pounds, 5 ounces. He is “healthy, happy and — shockingly, given his parents — he has a thick head full of brown hair,— writes the proud papa, who knows a bit about sarcasm. Ben, of course, also penned your favorite gossip column for a bit, and Beth is an alumna of the Roll Call classifieds department.

She’s now at Congressional Quarterly, and Ben writes for the Washington Post … along with former Roll Call reporter Juliet Eilperin, who gave birth May 8 to son Milos. Juliet and the proud papa, Andrew Light, have nicknamed their son “Mookie,— which, they say, could be a refence to former New York Met Mookie Wilson, a character in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing— or the Hungarian diminutive for “little squirrel.—

Congrats to both families!

Jennifer Bendery and Jessica Brady contributed to this report.

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