The New Hill Gossip Equation
With all the fuss about the Obamas (school, puppy, grandma), we totally neglected a new crop of legislators headed to town. Were the 2008 elections good or bad for Washington gossip?
GOOD FOR GOSSIP
Aaron Schock (R-Ill.): Single, unattached -- and at 27 (!), theoretically young enough to date interns!
Tom (D-N.M.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.): Cousins elected to Congress in 1998; now both Dems have been elected to the Senate. What next to keep their competitive streak going? Think they secretly hate each other?
Chellie Pingree (D-Maine): Lived on remote Maine island without running water or electricity. Congress's Robinson Crusoe!
Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.): Former Mary Kay cosmetics saleswoman but never got one of those cute pink Cadillacs.
Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah): His dad was briefly married to Kitty Dukakis. Just thought you'd want to know.
BAD FOR GOSSIP
Scott Kleeb: The cowboy Dem candidate lost his Senate race in Nebraska. He, wife and kids are model-gorgeous; we need more pretty people on the Hill.
Ted Stevens (R-Alaska): Among other things, we'll miss out on the soap opera of a convicted felon in the Senate, waiting out his appeals, battling his colleagues to stay. Sigh.
Liddy Dole (R-N.C.): Does this mean no more adorable sightings of dog Leader II? No bipartisan play dates with the First Puppy? Say it ain't so!
Al Franken/Norm Coleman: It's not just their Senate race in Minnesota that's too close to call -- it's hard to figure who'd be better for gossip. Franken is ... Franken, but Coleman is married to a hot former model, Laurie, who invented a hands-free hair dryer she calls the Blo & Go.
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