Will Freshman Avoid the Curse of D Street?
He's just a freshman, after all, so he might not know how to spot the capital's omens just yet.
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) bought a house on the most cursed block in all of Washington, paying an undisclosed sum for the home of former Rep. Clay Shaw (R-Fla.), which is located near in the 100 block of D St. in southeast D.C.
Didn't he know that Shaw and three other Republican members of Congress who lived on that block lost their reelection bids in November? And that yet another member of the "D Street Block Party" gang, Mark Foley, had to resign for that little IM habit he had with teenage male pages?
Also, let's not forget that former neighbor Porter Goss, who until recently lived at 123 D St., S.E., didn't fare so well either at his post at the CIA.
Buchanan, a wealthy car dealer, clings gingerly to his new seat in Congress. He faces a court challenge to his November election victory -- he won Florida's 13th District by 369 votes -- and possibly an investigation by House Democrats into charges of voting irregularities.
So maybe he shouldn't have tempted fate by moving to D St., where, once upon a time not so long ago, ex-Reps. Shaw, Foley, Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.), Chris Chocola (R-Ind.) and Jim Ryun (R-Kansas) enjoyed good times together. They held the famed "D Street Block Party" fundraiser together two years in a row; Shaw served bourbon, Johnson poured martinis, Foley offered wine and Chocola mixed up margaritas. Ryun finished off the guests with coffee and desert.
Their fun came crashing to an end, of course, with the tawdry demise of Foley, and the rest soon following when Democratic wave crashed down on Election Day. "For Sale" signs quickly followed.
Such an infamous plot of real estate might not have curb appeal for some home buyers. But Buchanan is just not that superstitious, according to his spokeswoman, Sally Tibbetts.
"Congressman Shaw served with honor for more than 25 years, which bodes well for Congressman Buchanan's future," she said.
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