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Hoyer Serenaded in Prince George's

[The following item was submitted by Staff Writer Philip Rucker.]

Several hundred people showed up at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville Friday night to fete House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) at the congressman's 27th annual Bull Roast fundraiser.

On the mansion's grand portico, an unlikely duo serenaded Hoyer with a Marilyn Monroe-esque rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the congressman who turns 68 on Thursday. U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) joined in the duet with Debra Rales, the wife of Joshua B. Rales, the Montgomery County millionaire businessman who unsuccessfully challenged Cardin in last year's Democratic primary.

Debra Rales also sang the national anthem at the beginning of the fundraiser. Applauding her singing talent, Hoyer said she and her husband are close friends of his.

Also in attendance at the bull roast were Democrats past and present, including former governors Parris N. Glendenning and Marvin Mandel, former senator Paul S. Sarbanes, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Calvert), Comptroller Peter Franchot, former Prince George's county executive Wayne K. Curry, and former attorney general candidate Stuart O. Simms.

Simms and Rales were mum when asked whether they are considering any future runs for public office.
Also present were Democratic state lawmakers, county and municipal officials from the five counties that make up Hoyer's 5th congressional district: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's and St. Mary's.

By  |  June 11, 2007; 11:42 AM ET
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