HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Member Makeover?

Posted September 8, 2010 at 10:45am

Members of Congress aren’t exactly the most fashionable folk — they wear far too many ill-fitting suits and out-of-date ensembles. But help could soon be on the way, as producers of TLC’s “What Not to Wear” are looking for D.C. denizens to make over, and HOH hopes to put together a list of Members in need of style tips to send to the show.

Media blog Fishbowl DC reported Tuesday afternoon that Clinton Kelly, Stacy London and the rest of the “What Not to Wear” crew are headed to D.C. to film four episodes. Potential nominees must have a story that is “unique and deserving of this opportunity,” and the show’s team needs to see at least two pictures that show a “lack of style.”

Who from Congress might fit the bill? There’s Sen. Herb Kohl, who borrowed a staffer’s overcoat during President Barack Obama’s inauguration because somebody had stolen his (and the Wisconsin Democrat didn’t want to buy a new one, interesting considering his family founded the department store that bears his name). Maybe it’s time the Senator spend a little time on himself?

Then there’s Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who turned heads (and not in a good way) when she wore a presumably pricey St. John suit while overseeing the House floor last month. Some people thought the California Democrat was wearing a track suit instead of fancy designer duds.

Or perhaps Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who sometimes looks great, but other times shows up on the House floor wearing far too much pink.

So who are we missing, HOH readers? Send your ideas to hoh@rollcall.com.

Another Celebrity Endorsement

Here’s a tip for lobbyists and nonprofit groups looking to nab a celebrity endorsement to promote their cause: If you need any advice, just look to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

The group announced Wednesday morning that actress Jennie Garth, best known for playing Kelly Taylor on “Beverly Hills, 90210” and its television sequel “90210,” sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking the California Democrat to support the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act, legislation designed to help schools provide healthier lunches.

Garth is just the latest famous person to send a letter to Congress on behalf of the PCRM. Past celebrity spokespeople include actress Scarlett Johansson, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi, actor Woody Harrelson and several Olympic athletes.

Another PCRM celebrity tidbit: Elizabeth Kucinich, wife of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), serves as the group’s director of public affairs.

Overheard on the Hill

“I’m not trying to be a political a–hole, but it’s f—ed up isn’t it? ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is f—ed up.”

— Lady Gaga during her Tuesday night performance at the Verizon Center. In between songs, the performer took time to talk about her feelings on discrimination against gay and lesbian people.

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