Heard on the Hill: Favor for a Frenemy
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) has had her run-ins with talk-show host Stephen Colbert: The two have blasted each other on “The Colbert Report— multiple times over everything from whether D.C. is actually part of the United States to the correct pronunciation of the comedian’s last name.
[IMGCAP(1)]But Colbert, who often mocks Norton and D.C.’s lack of Congressional voting rights on his “Better Know a District— segment, will now help out with the city’s big push for full Congressional representation, filming a special video segment that will be shown during advocacy group DC Vote’s “Champions of Democracy— awards dinner, set for Oct. 13 at the W Hotel.
Despite their on-air scuffles, Colbert and Norton have become good friends since she first appeared on the show several years ago, and Norton told HOH that her appearances with Colbert have provided the best possible publicity for the voting rights cause.
“He calls me his nemesis,— Norton told HOH. “I call him the man who has done more to get people the information [about] the D.C. voting rights effort than anybody.—
DC Vote originally wanted Colbert to appear in person at the show, Norton said, and asked her office for help in recruiting him. But because Colbert will be filming during that time, he offered to film a special message instead, she said.
Specifics for the video message are still being worked out, according to DC Vote spokeswoman Jaline Quinto. Norton joked that Colbert will say “God knows what, the kind of things Colbert says.—
Real World’ Is Hill-Bound. “The Real World DC— cast is extending its reach beyond downing shots at Halo and hanging out in hot tubs. A tipster told HOH that one of the cast members will be lobbying this week, dropping by the office of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).
One RWDC-er is interning at the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization, and will accompany some of Moran’s constituents on a visit to talk to their Congressman. We hear the group (with an MTV cameraman in tow) will discuss the organization’s “No Excuses— campaign, in which LGBT voters meet with their Representatives to push for gay rights legislation.
Moran spokesman Austin Durrer said only that his boss “looks forward to meeting with his constituents and HRC’s staff to discuss this year’s legislative agenda.—
HOH just hopes that Moran’s cameo makes it through the editing process when the show airs next year. One surefire way to secure a prominent spot on the show: Stage a dramatic, high-decibel fight. Bonus points for acting in any way that could get you described as a “hot mess.— Just a thought, Congressman.
Mitt’s Dry Times. Plenty of fundraisers are boozy schmooze-fests, but not an upcoming one for squeaky-clean Mitt Romney. The former Republican Massachusetts governor will be raising money for his Free and Strong America Political Action Committee with an oh-so-wholesome ice cream sundae party.
HOH can practically guarantee that the lampshades will stay on the lamps — and off the attendees’ heads — at the Thursday event in Washington that sounds more like a kid’s birthday party than a sophisticated soiree. And in case the promise of assorted ice cream toppings isn’t enough of a draw, the party will feature “guest ice cream scoopers— Reps. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) and Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.).
Maybe someone will get really out of control and throw some jimmies on top of their sundae.
Overheard on the Hill. “No one is to disturb another in his speech by hissing, coughing, spitting, speaking, or whispering to another …—
— Thomas Jefferson, in his Manual of Parliamentary Practice.
Shira Toeplitz contributed to this report.
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