Heard on the Hill: A Close Shave

Posted June 15, 2009 at 6:36pm

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott’s well-groomed looks are no accident. From his always-perfect coiffure to immaculate tailoring (he even makes an otherwise-goofy seersucker suit look stylish), the Mississippi Republican is one snazzy guy. So HOH wasn’t a bit surprised to hear that Lott takes his skin care products seriously.

[IMGCAP(1)]Lott stopped by the men’s counter at the Nordstrom cosmetics department in the Pentagon City mall Sunday to shop for after-shave lotion, a tipster told HOH.

And not just any jar of Aqua Velva would do. According to our witness, the Senator-turned-lobbyist was being very particular about the consistency of his post-shave balm. He hates a lotion that’s “too runny,— he professed, and dismissed one luxury brand as “too greasy.—

While Lott was unfailingly polite throughout the transaction, our spy said, he was simply insistent on getting his selection just so.

Finally, our Goldilocks settled on a formula that he deemed just right, Chanel Allure For Men after-shave lotion.

Mm, smells like a perfectionist.

Lessons From Springfield. Rep. Jared Polis had an epiphany this weekend, but the deep thought didn’t occur to him during a meditation class or lengthy philosophical debate: It happened while he watched “The Simpsons.—

The Colorado Democrat realized during an episode of the long-running cartoon that while he gets older, the Simpson clan defy logic and simply don’t age. D’oh!

“Ay caramba! The Simpsons always stay the same age, but the years go on. Marge and Homer were my parents generation when I was growing up,— Polis tweeted at 8:38 p.m. Friday.

“Scary thing is now Marge/Homer are closer to my generation!— he tweeted a minute later. “Just saw episode that showed them growing up in the 80s/early 90s. OUCH!—

HOH doesn’t think Polis should worry too much about getting older. He’s only 34, after all, making him a baby among his Congressional colleagues.

So … cowabunga, dude!

Celebrating 70, in Style. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer marked his big Seven-Oh on Sunday. But the Maryland Democrat got the party rolling early: A tipster spotted the birthday boy out on the town Saturday night, dining with a large group at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar at the National Harbor.

Alas, we didn’t get any report of Hoyer crooning a birthday serenade to himself. Spokeswoman Katie Grant told HOH that he was joined by old friends and family for the evening.

And for a guy who has reached the seven-decade mark, Hoyer’s showing no signs of slowing down, making his birthday celebration a multiday affair. The day before visiting the piano bar, he blew out candles and glad-handed at his 28th annual bull roast in Bowie, Md.

Party on!

Not a Cheap Date. It’s surprisingly easy to nab a date with a Senator these days — you’ve just got to be willing to pay the price.

Financial disclosure forms released last week show that Sens. Lisa Murkowski and John Thune offered themselves up as charity dates several times in 2008, raising more than $14,000 combined for various good-doing organizations.

The Alaska Republican scored 11 dates — far more than Thune, who was auctioned off just twice. But the South Dakota Republican wasn’t lacking for company.

More than two dozen people combined their funds to nab a special reception with Thune and his wife, Kimberley. The $1,500 raised went to the Teddy Bear Den, a nonprofit group that helps limited-income mothers, expectant mothers and their children, Thune spokeswoman Andi Fouberg told HOH. Thune also auctioned himself off for the Children’s Home Society, raising $750 for the charity, which provides shelter to abused and neglected children.

Meanwhile, Murkowski’s date calendar certainly is full, as the Senator offered herself up for 11 charity dates over the past year. The winning price tags ranged from $175 to $2,050, her financial disclosure forms show. In total, she raised more than $10,000.

So far, only two of the winners have actually gone on their dates, both lunches, a Murkowski staffer said. Whether Murkowski ends up breaking bread with the rest of the winners, however, remains to be seen: Murkowski’s date auction experience in previous years has shown that many of the bidders don’t even bother to cash in their prize, the staffer said.

Jennifer Yachnin contributed to this report.

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