Heard on the Hill: Spring’s Here
The nice weather last week brought plenty of staffers and other Hill denizens out of their cubicles to soak up some rays, and HOH tipsters caught a few notable sun-seekers around the Capitol grounds.
On Thursday, a woman wearing an itsy-bitsy bikini spread out in the grass just outside the House side of the Capitol, creating a stir among staffers and reporters who rushed to the windows to check out the, er, revealing views.
And on Friday, an HOH spy caught what appeared to be a House staffer who stretched out on the concrete just outside of the Cannon House Office Building.
The guy, dressed in work-appropriate clothes, had a rolled-up newspaper under his head and looked to be fast asleep, our spy says.
“Everyone asked me if we should check to see if he was alive,” the tipster says.
Fortunately, the sleepy staffer eventually showed signs of life, getting up after logging a “solid 15-minute” disco nap.
Murder at the Ugly Mug?
Popular Capitol Hill bar the Ugly Mug played a part in a grisly crime Thursday, but rest assured, it was just made-for-TV drama. The bar was the setting for a re-enactment of a crime for the show “America’s Most Wanted.”
Daytime manager Kevin Lyons tells HOH that the film crew was re-creating a scene from a murder that took place in Chicago in 1998. The victim, a waitress, met her killer at a bar, and the Ugly Mug stood in for the Chicago saloon. Lyons played the bartender, and a few other employees acted, too.
The crew brought lights and audio equipment into the bar. “It was a big setup for probably a minute of footage,” Lyons says.
They were told the episode would air Saturday. Lyons says he’s ready for his close-up. “At least my hands might get on screen,” he says.
Democrats’ Dolce Vita
Looks like some Members of Congress are just as excited as the rest of us to have a new dining option on Capitol Hill. An HOH tipster spotted Democratic Reps. Joe Courtney (Conn.), John Tierney (Mass.) and George Miller (Calif.) leaving the brand-spanking-new Aqua al 2 on Wednesday night.
The trio apparently checked out the Italian outpost, located across the street from Eastern Market, which has sister locations in San Diego and Firenze, Italy.
Jason Chaffetz Isn’t On Board
A House committee voted to honor professional surfer Robert Kelly Slater and praise him for being a role model to young surfers around the globe — but not so fast, dude: Rep. Jason Chaffetz isn’t quite convinced.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday adopted a block of noncontroversial commemorative measures, including one sponsored by Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) calling Florida native Slater an “ambassador of the sport and excellent role model.”
Usually, bills like that sail through committee without so much as a blink of an eye. Chaffetz, though, expressed some reservations about the measure.
Apparently, it isn’t Slater’s prowess on the board that gave Chaffetz pause. “He’s obviously an amazing surfer,” Chaffetz said. Slater has won a record nine Association of Surfing Professionals World Championships and is surfing’s all-time leader in career event wins, after all. The Utah Republican just has a problem with holding up the former “Baywatch” actor and sometimes-musician as a model for impressionable young kids.
“But I worry that the Congress goes a little bit far telling our youth, telling everybody, that this is an excellent role model without really knowing and understanding, worrying that something may happen,” he said.
Overheard on the Hill
“Just performed a dramatic rendition of Giraffes Can’t Dance’ to students at Milford’s Kurtz Elementary. What a fine school!”
— Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) in a Friday tweet, proving that his repertoire extends beyond Beatles-era rock.
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