Rahm's Breaking Bread With GOP Senator Riles Nerves
The bipartisan spirit is really taking hold.
Just last night, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was spotted at Michel Richard's Central restaurant having dinner with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), one of three Republicans who voted for President Obama's economic stimulus plan.
One source called to tell us Collins and Emanuel were having dinner with a third man who decidedly wasn't Sen. Ben Nelson, (D-Neb.) but looked like him. The three of them sat at the far back table of the restaurant.
Another source, a Republican who was upset to see Collins dining with Emanuel, said the other man "could have been Rahm's brother." The source said he thought there was "something shady" about Collins dining with Emanuel.
This being Washington, some folks are downright frightened when they see Republicans and Democrats breaking bread. And they get suspicious.
"Maybe I'm just being a partisan," the GOP source said.
Turns out, the mystery man with Collins and Emanuel was none other than Carl Hulse, man about town and congressional correspondent for the New York Times. (Hulse is a regular dinner companion of Emanuel's; the two of them, along with Hulse's colleague Maureen Dowd were spotted a few weeks ago having dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak House on Capitol Hill, where someone at their table apparently sent a steak back to the kitchen because it had arrived at the table pre-sliced.)
Asked about last night's dinner at Central between Emanuel and Collins, Emanuel's spokeswoman, Sarah Feinberg, said it was "just a friendly dinner."
Sure, tell that to this town's jittery partisans.
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