Heard on the Hill: Congressional Cameo
Teenage crooner Nick Jonas might be breaking hearts on Capitol Hill this week, but Rep. Jack Kingston spent his Monday hanging out with the singer’s even more famous rumored girlfriend — and it could turn into the Georgia Republican’s big break in showbiz.
[IMGCAP(1)]Kingston got paid $8 an hour to appear as an extra in the new Miley Cyrus movie, “The Last Song,— which is being shot in Kingston’s district. For about 16 hours Monday, Kingston, his wife, son, niece and nephew hung around with the teenage superstar and about 600 other extras on Georgia’s Tybee Island, portraying typical beach-goers.
“They needed tons of untalented, unattractive, non-special extras,— Kingston joked to HOH. “I was the extra of the extras.—
Kingston described the filming as just “a normal day at the beach,— complete with a carnival set built specifically for the film. “We were walking around as tourists, looking at the rides, getting popcorn,— Kingston said of his role.
Kingston didn’t end up even meeting Cyrus, he said, although his 18-year-old son did. “I didn’t try, either,— he admitted.
And perhaps trying to prove that his life isn’t a beach, Kingston noted that he tried to get some Congressional work done during the filming, but his plans were foiled.
“I took with me a whole bunch of Congressional reading, and at one point a wave washed up on the beach and soaked and ruined all my papers,— Kingston said. “Which was a good thing. It’s one way to process it.—
On a Wing and a Prayer. When Senators were asked for their thoughts on embattled Sen. John Ensign, many said they were praying for the Nevada Republican.
And while Senate Chaplain Barry Black didn’t name the sex-scandal-plagued Senator in his daily prayer on the floor Tuesday morning, HOH couldn’t help but think his message seemed a bit targeted.
“Gracious God, ruler of all nature, protect our Senators from the seductive influences of power and prestige,— Black said. “Today, deliver them from the delusion of self-importance, which their position and status subtly nurture.—
The Chaplain’s spokeswoman, Lisa Schultz, insisted that while the language of Black’s prayer might evoke thoughts of Ensign, it “absolutely has nothing to do— with him. “Not even remotely. … The prayers he offers are nonpolitical,— she said.
Schultz added that Black’s prayers are general, nonpartisan statements that he normally writes in advance. Black wrote Monday, Tuesday and today’s prayer on a plane flight during the weekend, she said. “He usually doesn’t refer to the goings-on of the day,— she told HOH.
In the prayer, Black also asked that in “disagreement and confrontation, help [Senators] to respect and esteem each other, as they struggle together for the resolution of complex issues.—
Seems like good advice to us.
Bayh’s Sneaky Situation. The SFPD (that’s Senate Fashion Police Department, natch) was on high alert Monday night, when Sen. Evan Bayh turned up for a vote wearing a bright white pair of athletic shoes with an otherwise proper khakis, coat and tie ensemble.
But before they get out the handcuffs, Bayh Communications Director Eric Kleiman, has this to say in is boss’s defense: The Indiana Democrat, an avid jogger, hurt his foot and is wearing the comfy sneaks for a little extra support while his injury heals. “If the fashion police blow the whistle, tell them to look on the bright side: There are now two less loafers on Capitol Hill,— he jokes to HOH.
Sounds like the Senator will get off with just a warning on this one.
Hats Off (Message). Hill staffers were chuckling Tuesday about plastic novelty hard hats emblazoned with labor union insignias that were showing up in Congressional offices. The funny part: In addition to the union logo, the hats also sported stickers with the very un-union sentiment, “Made in China.—
In a typically Washington move, the bright yellow hats, with “Washington DC Building Trades Council— and “AFL-CIO— on the front, were being handed out at a Hill event Tuesday.
And in an even more typically Washington move, an AFL-CIO spokeswoman explains that an “inexperienced staffer— at the local council was responsible for the goof.
She Plays One on TV. Rep. Henry Waxman has a cute new pen pal. Emily Deschanel, the actress who stars as a lab-coat-wearing doc in the FOX crime drama “Bones,— wrote to the California Democrat in support of legislation that would halt research on chimpanzees and release federally owned chimps to sanctuaries. “On TV, I play a forensic anthropologist who solves crimes by reading clues in victims bones,— the actress wrote to the Congressman. “In real life, I’m an animal protection advocate, and I don’t need any more evidence to know that the way we treat chimpanzees is unacceptable.—
Overheard on the Hill. “Get a real job!—
— An unidentified Hill staffer, yelling at a group of people who staged a “flash mob protest— in the cafeteria of the Longworth House Office Building on Tuesday.
Jessica Brady contributed to this report.
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