Heard on the Hill: Doctor/Candidate to the Rescue

Posted August 2, 2010 at 6:44pm

Manan Trivedi wants to be the resident doctor in the House — the Democrat is aiming to unseat Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach (R) in November. But when he visited D.C. on Thursday, the doctor left his own fundraiser to help a woman suffering from a seizure.

The medical drama began around 8 p.m. at Hawk ‘n’ Dove, where Trivedi’s event was wrapping up. Suddenly, a woman ran into the Pennsylvania Avenue bar seeking a doctor, Trivedi spokeswoman Lindsay Fritchman says.

Trivedi — who served as a battalion surgeon with the Marine Corps in Iraq and now practices internal medicine — came forward. The woman rushed him to the spot in front of We, the Pizza where a woman was having a seizure, and the doc sprung into action.

“He made sure that she didn’t hit her head or bite her tongue and went through all the other things you do when someone has a seizure,” Fritchman says.

When paramedics arrived, Trivedi handed his patient over to them. The woman is doing well, Fritchman says.

Thursday’s case isn’t the first in which Trivedi has attended to someone in an emergency, Fritchman notes. He’s also responded to medical emergencies on airplanes (although those impromptu patients usually have just indulged in too many in-flight cocktails, Fritchman says).

Senatorial Swap?

Some people trade baseball cards or haggle over players for their fantasy sports team.

Senators? They bargain over subcommittee assignments.

In a recent interview with a Roll Call reporter, Sen. James Inhofe says he’s been trying to get Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) to switch Foreign Relations ranking member spots. The Oklahoma Republican oversees the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, but he has long eyed Isakson’s spot on the Subcommittee on African Affairs because he’s passionate about the continent.

“I’ve been trying to trade Isakson,” Inhofe says. “I said, ‘Look, I am the ranking member on the Far East. That’s where all the action is. That’s where Korea is. That’s where China is. … Why not swap with me?'”

Isakson hasn’t been open to a switch. “But I would be much better than he would be because I know [Africa] better,” Inhofe insists.

Isakson’s office didn’t return our call by press time.

BGR Plays Both Sides

BGR Group isn’t playing favorites in the race for President Barack Obama’s old Illinois Senate seat. The public relations firm has been meeting with candidates from both sides of the aisle, although neither knows it.

On Friday, the firm hosted a fundraising breakfast for GOP nominee Rep. Mark Kirk, just hours before Democratic hopeful Alexi Giannoulias stopped by. A tipster says Giannoulias was visiting Managing Director Morris Reid, a former Clinton staffer — to get him onboard with his campaign.

A Garden State Feast

Turns out there’s a lot more to New Jersey than Bon Jovi and fist pumping. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) is raising awareness about the Garden State’s thriving farm industry by pledging to eat a meal this week made entirely of ingredients from his home state.

“We call it the Garden State because of our gardens, and there’s nothing more delicious than a big Jersey tomato, a healthy glass of cranberry juice or a dish of Jersey blueberries,” Lautenberg says.

The meal is a nod to the 11th annual National Farmers’ Market Week, which promotes buying local food. Lautenberg tweeted: “Farmers Market Week starts 8/1. To support #NJ agriculture, Lautenberg joins @eatlocalchall pledging to eat all-NJ meal. Will you join him?”

Here’s hoping he’ll eat something found on the boardwalk.

The Only Element Missing Now Is Carson Daly

Remember the MTV show “Total Request Live,” in which hordes of excited teenagers crowded into Times Square in the hopes of appearing on TV and giving a shout-out to their friends? Well, sometimes the House floor is like that.

Only instead of MTV, it’s C-SPAN. And instead of teenagers, it’s Members of Congress.

Case in point: Rep. Joe Barton appeared on the floor to debate a bill just after midnight one night last week, and the Texas Republican couldn’t help but giving a shout-out to a special lady in his life. “Since my mother is watching, we want to say, ‘Hi, Mom,'” Barton said.

HOH hears Barton’s mother often watches C-SPAN when she thinks he might be on, so he decided to say hello.

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) spoke next, joking about the viewing habits of Barton’s mother.

“I just want to say, if Mr. Barton’s mother is up right now, she’s up too late and she’s watching C-SPAN, and both those things are probably not good for her,” he joked. “So, we hope Mom is asleep at this time.”

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