Heard on the Hill: Celebrities’ Delight

Posted May 3, 2010 at 6:24pm

K Streeters could learn a trick from celebrity lobbyists: Pump your people up for a Hill visit with a hip-hop sing-along.

HOH hears that the Creative Coalition’s busload of celebu-advocates broke into an impromptu rendition of the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” while en route to Capitol Hill on Friday. Actor Marlon Wayans got the group started, HOH hears, and the likes of Cheryl Hines, Patricia Arquette, Omar Epps, Adrian Grenier, Steven Weber, Gloria Reuben, Wendie Malick and CCH Pounder joined in. (HOH would have loved to see the elegant Malick delivering lines like, “The beat don’t stop ’til the break of dawn.”)

And speaking of the Creative Coalition, HOH couldn’t help but notice that its reps were everywhere this weekend. (Seriously, did they use CGI technology to clone themselves?) Executive Director Robin Bronk marshaled the boldfaced troops to a reception at the Library of Congress on Thursday, then to meetings on Capitol Hill and at the White House on Friday, where they urged more arts education funding. And, of course, the troupe was ubiquitous during the weekend’s blur of parties: Creative Coalition types, including actors Tim Daly, Dana Delany and Weber, attended the swanky soiree thrown by Time and People magazines at the St. Regis on Friday.

And one could barely turn around at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner pre- and post-parties without running into one of the group’s reps.

The Returns Will Be Televised

Sen. Richard Burr is facing a primary challenge today, but when the poll results come in, the North Carolina Republican isn’t expected to get the news in the Tar Heel State. Instead, Burr is slated to hold a fundraiser tonight at an Italian restaurant on Capitol Hill, where he was set to appear with “special guest” Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).

Not that there’s much suspense, since Burr is expected to handily win his party’s nomination to run for a second term. Still, his absence raised a few eyebrows among those who thought he’d at least want to be around to celebrate with volunteers — or get some local news coverage.

A spokeswoman for the Burr campaign said Burr “took advantage of early voting” in his county and would be in Washington watching the results privately. “Volunteers and staff will be at the polls all day,” Burr spokeswoman Samantha Smith tells HOH.

Primary? What primary?

@biz meets w/ @clairecmc, @repmikehonda in #Congress

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone visited with some of Congress’ most prolific tweeters during a visit to Capitol Hill last week, HOH hears.

Among the Members who chatted with the microblog maven: Congressional tweeter extraordinaire Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Mike Honda (D-Calif.).

Honda had nothing but praise for Stone, telling HOH on Monday that Twitter has “revolutionized the way I and other elected officials connect with constituents.”

The Congressman, who hails from the Golden State’s Silicon Valley, adds that “Biz and I share a lot of the same views on open governance, net neutrality and the democratization of communication in government.”

In other Twitter news, McCaskill hasn’t posted to Twitter since April 30 (at least as of our deadline on Monday afternoon).

But her last tweet explains why: She spent the weekend celebrating her wedding anniversary. “[S]o I’m spending the next 48 hours being the best wife I can be to wonderful husband Joe,” she wrote.

All together now: Aw.

Not-as-Famous Folk Coming
Into Town

While celebs such as Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson and the Jonas brothers have jetted out of D.C. post-White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend, there will still be some star spotting around town this week (but be warned: The lineup is a tad bit less A-list).

Elizabeth Kucinich, wife of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), is expected to join four-time NBA champ John Salley, Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix and Wyntergrace Williams — daughter of talk show host Montel Williams — at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday to promote legislation to provide funding for healthier public school lunches.

On Thursday, actress Lisa Edelstein, who stars on the series “House,” is scheduled to visit Capitol Hill on behalf of the Save the Children campaign. The organization noted in a press release that Edelstein will be making House (and Senate) calls — ba-da-dum! — to promote inexpensive ways to prevent diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria in the developing world.

Washington Redskins star Clinton Portis and actor Ricky Schroder — sorry, Rick Schroder — are scheduled to appear Saturday at the L’Enfant Society’s second annual Ball on the Mall, a benefit to raise cash to improve the National Mall.

But one A-lister will hit the Hill: actress Demi Moore, who is set to meet Members today to talk about the horrors of domestic sex trafficking.

Warner’s a Quick-Change Artist

HOH chatted with a tuxedo-clad Sen. Mark Warner at a party before the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday, but it appears the Virginia Democrat skipped out on the fancy dinner itself in favor of a humbler meal.

Just as the dinner speeches were under way, an HOH tipster spotted the wily Warner — who had quickly switched out his black-tie garb for shorts and a polo shirt — eating ice cream a block or so from the Washington Hilton, where the dinner took place. Warner looked relaxed as he stood with a group of people outside Larry’s Cookies & New York Ice Cream shop at 1633 Connecticut Ave. NW, our tipster says.

Hey, at least he didn’t have to sit through the snoozy comedy act by Jay Leno …

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