HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Celebs Honor Komen, Congress Skips Out

Posted October 31, 2011 at 11:23am

A weekend gala raked in more than $2 million to help fund breast cancer research but failed to net very much attention from noticeably absent lawmakers.

The brochure for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Honoring the Promise event lists approaching four dozen Congressional co-chairmen and benefit committee members. But as we surveyed the sea of tuxedo-clad gents and ball-gowned ladies, there was a nary a pol to be found. Granted, the Senate was out and House had wrapped its business a day earlier, but wasn’t anyone from Capitol Hill able to make a guest appearance?

Komen wranglers suggested that some Congressional wives were definitely on hand. (We didn’t notice any semifamous spouses.)

Luckily, we were able to pump visiting celeb-vocates for vital information.

For instance, did you know that actress Jennifer Beals doesn’t much care for Halloween? Her biggest beef: Commercial costumes are flammable, and it’s almost always cold. When a fellow hack pointed out that many have copied her iconic “Flashdance” garb (sales of ripped sweatshirts are still soaring), Beals responded that at least it is warm and comfortable.

Meanwhile, “Scrubs” vet Donald Faison attempted to downplay any political aspirations, proclaiming, “I don’t think I will ever run for office ever. Ever.” But we must have awoken his inner candidate, because in the next breath, Faison added, “Not yet.”