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Rep. DeGette and Bonnie Raitt Bond

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) has more than fulfilled her daydream of hanging out with a rock star. She wound up totally bonding with legendary redhead Bonnie Raitt over lunch this week and realizing the two of them share a close friend.

DeGette lunched Tuesday with Raitt and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne, both of whom - along with Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash - were on Capitol Hill lobbying against the energy bill moving through Congress, namely a provision to build new taxpayer-funded nuclear power plants.

DeGette's spokesman describes the congresswoman as an uppercase "HUGE" fan of Raitt and Browne, so having lunch with them put her over the moon. Even more so when she and Raitt made their small-world connection over salad (which Raitt called the "usual chick" lunch).

Turns out, Raitt's roommate from Harvard was DeGette's mentor and professor some years later at New York University Law School. Raitt apparently was bowled over giggling at the revelation. She took out her cell phone and dialed her old college buddy and said, "You will never believe who I'm sitting here having lunch with...your old student, Diana DeGette!"

Feeling like more than just a roadie at that point, DeGette invited Raitt and Browne to perform at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver next summer. Later, the congresswoman was heard bragging about her star-studded lunch at a senior Democratic whip meeting. (Get ready to cringe: we hear the whip's meeting devolved into group singing of Bonnie Raitt songs.)

Sounds like DeGette may have stayed up all night listening to her "Nick of Time," "Luck of the Draw" and "Running on Empty" albums. "Meeting such musical and activist legends as Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne is truly a highlight of my time in Congress!" she told us. "And, to top that off, learning that Bonnie and I have a close friend in common, really made us click."



Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), center, bonds with Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne during the musicians' congressional lobbying blitz against nuclear power plants. (Lisa B. Cohen)

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 24, 2007; 6:30 PM ET
 
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