HOH’s One-Minute Recess: C Street Files

Posted September 27, 2010 at 11:10am

There’s a new book out about the C Street row house, the Capitol Hill home perhaps best known for housing Members of Congress and other lawmakers who have found themselves tangled up in a sex scandal.

The tome, “C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy,” focuses on how the secretive fundamentalist Christian group known as the Family has used the Capitol Hill row house to influence politics. Author Jeff Sharlet will discuss the book at 6:30 p.m. Monday night at the National Press Club.

Sharlet recounts famous C Street stories in the book, including how the Family sought to help residents such as Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford when they were caught up in sex scandals. But he also dives into less-publicized matters, stories that aren’t all that easy to dig up.

“One of the first rules of C Street is that you don’t talk about C Street,” he writes.

Overheard on the Hill

“Don’t have time for a budget or to debate the tax bills, but they can spend 40 minutes debating the Washington Stealth…..amazing.”

— Rep. Jason Chaffetz in a Sunday tweet dissing legislation congratulating the Stealth for winning the National Lacrosse League championship. The Utah Republican votes “present” on measures honoring an athlete or sports team, deeming the bills a waste of time.

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