Heard on the Hill: He’s Good for This One
Rep. Robert Brady took a lot of heat for backing out of his World Series bet with Rep. John Hall — the New York Democrat wanted Brady to shave his hair into a mohawk, something the Pennsylvania Democrat apparently isn’t prepared to do. But Brady came through on another baseball wager Tuesday afternoon, begrudgingly delivering famed Philadelphia cheesesteaks to New York Rep. José Serrano (D).
[IMGCAP(1)]Prior to the World Series — in which Serrano’s New York Yankees beat Brady’s Philadelphia Phillies in six games — the duo pledged that the loser would give the winner culinary goodies from his Congressional district.
Brady personally delivered the sandwiches from Geno’s Steaks in South Philadelphia to Serrano — but HOH notes Brady wasn’t about to announce any newfound love for the Bronx Bombers.
Brady arrived in Serrano’s office sporting a Phillies cap, announcing to staffers: “Where’s he at? Let’s get this over with.— A joyous Serrano welcomed Brady into his office, showing his colleague a framed picture of the old Yankee Stadium and putting on his Yankees cap.
“You guys, you’re the best team money can buy,— Brady said, um, congratulating Serrano on the win.
“If I wasn’t a Yankee fan, I’d be outraged at how much they spend,— Serrano admitted. “But since I’m a Yankee fan …—
Brady described the experience as “agony,— and he probably wasn’t the only person in the office suffering — several of Serrano’s staffers are Phillies fans. And after the Yankees won, Serrano certainly wasn’t modest about the big victory — he sponsored the House resolution congratulating the team for the championship.
“I put them through a lot, having to write that resolution,— Serrano said of his staff.
It Doesn’t Last Too Long. House Minority Leader John Boehner celebrated his big six-oh in style on Tuesday. During a meeting of the House Republican Conference, colleagues and aides honored the sexagenarian Ohioan with the best birthday present a guy could ask for: a montage.
Set to the tune of Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young,— the multimedia presentation (hatched by the crack AV conference whizzes) featured photos of the birthday boy, spies tell HOH. And no Boehner birthday celebration would be complete without the infamous “Boehner Birthday Song,— the catchy ditty the GOP leader often springs on birthday celebrants.
HOH hears the presentation ended with a video clip of Boehner singing the song on the House floor to Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas).
To welcome Boehner to his 60s, HOH would like to note a few other 60-year-old celebrities who are still going strong: former athlete Bruce Jenner, actress Judith Light, famous divorcée Ivana Trump and rocker Gene Simmons.
Billionaire Hobo? Media mogul Ted Turner must really like riding the Capitol subway.
HOH spotted the billionaire in the Russell Senate Office Building on Tuesday afternoon, hanging out in the space just outside the Capitol subway station with an entourage of at least four people. A little while later, an HOH tipster caught sight of Turner and his staff boarding a train, headed from the Capitol back toward the Senate office buildings.
It’s the second time this fall Turner has been spotted on Capitol Hill — he also came in September, when he was photographed stopping to greet Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) just outside the Capitol. HOH couldn’t confirm Turner’s reason for the repeat visits, but we note that Turner told a crowd in Denver last week that he planned to lobby Congress this fall on potential climate change legislation.
Let’s hope those trains are running on clean fuel.
Overheard on the Hill. “Scheduled on MSNBC at 4:15pm EST regarding GITMO … today.—
— Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) in a Twitter message posted at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
“And it just got bumped. Easy come, easy go.—
— Chaffetz, in a tweet posted about 10 minutes later. Maybe there was breaking news of a high-speed car chase?
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