HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Moran’s Got It in the Bag

Posted June 30, 2009 at 11:28am

If Rep. Jim Moran ever wants to leave Congress, he’ll at least have some valuable work experience to put on his résumé: The Virginia Democrat is serving as a “celebrity bagger— at a Safeway store in Alexandria, Va., this afternoon.

[IMGCAP(1)]Moran isn’t just taking on the challenge as a way to hone the ancient art of grocery-bag stuffing (eggs on top, please!) — he’s doing it for charity, of course, specifically Safeway’s campaign to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer.

Turns out, this won’t be Moran’s first bagging gig. “With the jam-packed legislative agenda, the Congressman hasn’t had much time to practice,— spokesman Austin Durrer tells HOH. “But as a teen he bagged groceries at the Star Market in Wellesley, Mass., an experience that should be helpful for Safeway’s celebrity event.—

Got a hankering to have an actual Congressman ask you whether you prefer paper or plastic? Stop by the Safeway at the Bradlee Shopping Center on King Street between noon and 1 p.m. today.

Wedding Crashing. HOH brought you news of former Rep. Ellen Tauscher’s wedding last weekend, and now we have a few fly-on-the-wall details from the celebration to share, courtesy of an HOH source. We hear Tauscher was sworn in to her new job (as undersecretary of State for arms control and international security) immediately after taking her marriage vows. In perfect Washington form, the federal judge performing the ceremony, Ellen Segal Huvelle of the U.S. District court for the District of Columbia, did double duty, administering the marriage vows and then the oath of office.

Tauscher and her new hubby, retired airline pilot James Cieslak, celebrated with guests including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Gen. Jim Jones, and a gaggle of Tauscher’s Congressional gal pals like Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.).

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) gave a heartwarming toast, we hear, as did the bride and groom’s adult daughters.

Altogether, sounds like our kind of wedding: great food (and lots of it), dancing (apparently Harman cuts a mean rug) and a happy couple.

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