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The Politics to Getting 'Real' in D.C.


Washington's "Real Housewives"? Not quite sold: from left, Edwina Rogers, Susanna Quinn and Andrea Rodgers. (Courtesy Can Can productions; Courtesy Cashman Photography; Courtesy Andrea Rodgers)

Who wants to be a "Real" housewife? Who, that is, in Washington?

That's the question now that Bravo's boobs-and-Botox reality series is turning to the nation's capital for the sequel to "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and its ilk. Network officials told our colleague Lisa de Moraes they've already taped 25 local women -- but some of them told us producers were less than candid about what they were auditioning for.

Susanna Quinn, wife of superlobbyist Jack Quinn, was repeatedly assured that Half Yard Productions wasn't wooing her for "Housewives" -- and she wants no part of it. Lobbyist Edwina Rogers thought the show was about D.C. lifestyles. Would she do "Housewives"? "I don't really know," she said. "I'm not a housewife. I run a trade association."

Could producers snag authentic D.C. power players and get them to let their hair down? Um, no. In Washington, "discretion is key to marital and professional success," Nathans owner and New York Social Diary blogger Carol Joynt wrote. "Most of the husbands here -- those who are the real deal -- live off the public dollar."

Still, one of Half Yard's execs, Abby Greensfelder, moves among the political/media elite; she's the wife of New Republic editor Franklin Foer. Half Yard shot footage this spring at a party hosted by GOP lobbyist Juleanna Glover, the District Sample Sale and the Washington Humane Society's Fashion for Paws gala, where the cameras trained on fundraiser Mary Amons, the wife of a NoVa tech guy.

Blogger Andrea Rodgers said she "had my suspicions" the show she was being taped for was "Housewives" but doesn't mind because the show has "a solid franchise." Plus, she's convinced a D.C. "Housewives" has to be different: "I don't think we'll be flipping tables over or propositioning men for quickies" like the women from other cities. "We're all very political here, whether we're in politics or not."

By The Reliable Source  |  May 28, 2009; 1:04 AM ET
Categories:  Real Housewives of D.C.  
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Shameless self-promoter Andrea Rodgers said she "had my suspicions" she was being taped but doesn't mind because the show has "a solid franchise."

Posted by: trezmartin | May 28, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Seems like a cozy bunch. Washington's elite. But you know what? I agree with them on this: everybody in Washington is political.

I tried watching the show once and found it extremely boring. However, if someone were to do a documentary, maybe, well, that might be interesting. Problem with that is that Washingtonians are extremely—well, the only word I can think of, which doesn't match its force—is secretive.

I imagine it is hard to break into that inner circle. Money. Connections. Education. They all play a role, I think. I am an outsider because I have neither money nor connections, and my education took place at a state college in Chicago.

Now there's a place you guys should check out...

Posted by: zen99 | May 28, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Andrea Rodgers would be great for the show. She is a classy lady that we would all enjoy watching.

Posted by: washingtonpost819 | May 30, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Um, Andrea Rodgers would have had more than "suspicions" as she would have SIGNED A RELEASE in order for her to have been filmed.

Only she can desperately seek fame (see the self-promoting Wikipedia page she wrote which they just deleted) and then try to act coy about it. And only the Post would have given her that much space about nothing without even asking that question.

Please go on the show, Andrea, and let the world see you as the self-serving, bridge-burning fameseeker that you are.

Posted by: noelle1 | June 1, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Check out the updated list of potential candidates at: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/06/01/real-housewives-of-dc-more-drama-than-the-florida-recount/

Posted by: dcgirl7 | June 4, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

here's what the politics daily site says--

Edwina Rogers: Wife of big-time Republican lobbyists Ed Rogers. Lives in a McLean mansion they call "Surry Hill."

Susanna Quinn: Wife of uber-Democrat lobbyist Jack Quinn. Well liked in DC on both sides of the aisle.

Juleanna Glover Weiss: Divorced lobbyist and communications strategist. Throws lots of parties.

Abby Greensfelder: Moves among the political/media elite. Wife of New Republic editor Franklin Foer.

Andrea Rodgers: Blogger, socialite, advice columnist.

Carol Joynt: Owner of the Washington ultimate insider restaurant, Nathan's.

The names being mentioned most often around DC who should be in the final casting for the show are:

Elizabeth Eberhardt Thorp: Far and away the most popular and well-liked candidate, a political PR whiz, BFF with Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos, and the socially connected mother of three girls.

Abigail Blunt: Wife of Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), who is running for Senate in 2010. A Kraft lobbyist, she is listed in The Hill as one of the Top 50 Corporate Lobbyists in DC, and is known for her fashionable wardrobe.

Rima al-Sabah: Wife of the Ambassador of Kuwait Sheikh Salem Abdullah al-Sabah, mother of four, knows everyone in town from the diplomatic to the social set.

Norah O'Donnell: MSNBC anchor, wife of Geoff Tracy, owner of power neighborhood restaurant, Chef Geoff's, the mother of three young children.

Elaine Chao: Wife of Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and most recently, she was Bush's secretary of labor, known for her entertainingly prickly personality.

Rhoda Glickman: Wife of Democrat Dan Glickman, who is head of the powerful Motion Pictures Association of America.

Ann Hand: Owner of namesake go-to jewelry store for political women, social butterfly, wife of Democrat lawyer Lloyd Hand.

Barbara Harrison: WRC-TV local anchor, emcees all the ladies-who-lunch fundraisers.

Posted by: dcgirl7 | June 4, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

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