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Allen and Frist: GOP Birthday Boys

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.) should be feeling pretty pleased this morning.

Just a few weeks after Frist's wife -- Karyn -- sent an e-mail to supporters of her husband asking them to sign a "birthday album" to commemorate his 54th birthday on Feb. 22, Sen. George Allen's (R-Va.) wife -- Susan -- penned a strikingly similar message on Monday asking Allen backers to sign an online birthday card for him as he celebrates his own 54th birthday tomorrow. Both men are considered likely candidates for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

"I'm planning to surprise [Frist] on his birthday and instead of him looking at headlines in the Washington Post that morning, he'll be reading his 'birthday album' filled with birthday wishes from friends in Tennessee and from all across the country," writes Karyn Frist.

"I have this idea -- since George and I view all of the friends we've made campaigning over the years as part of our extended family, I thought it would be a wonderful surprise if all of his friends around the Commonwealth signed a birthday card for him," writes Susan Allen.

But wait, there are more similarities:

"Bill's birthday is a special occasion for our family," writes Karyn Frist, adding that the "family [is] planning to celebrate his day here at home with caramel cake (his favorite!) and ice cream."

"Birthdays are always special times in the Allen family," says Susan Allen. "I know Tyler and Forrest still love gathering around the table for birthday cake." (Apparently George Allen's favorite type of cake will remain a mystery for now.)

And this:

"I've always been proud of Bill but never more so than I have been in these past few months," writes Karyn Frist.

Susan Allen says she is "proud of the work that George is doing in the United States Senate."

The one major difference between the two birthday appeals is that Susan Allen asks for $54 contribution to Allen's reelection race this fall while there is no fundraising pitch in the Karyn Frist e-mail.

Any other lawmakers' spouses sending out these sort of messages? Post examples in the comments area below.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 7, 2006; 10:21 AM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Senate  
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Comments

What is the purpose of this post? Do we care?

Posted by: maria | March 9, 2006 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Mary Ann | March 7, 2006 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Seems a bit too gushingly familiar to be the topic of a WaPo column.

On the upside, if someone can find out the website associated with George Allen's birthday 'card' I'm sure that many of us would LOVE to leave a few "birthday wishes from friends in Tennessee and from all across the country." I've got your wish right here, Georgie-boy.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | March 7, 2006 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Given the many dysfunctional aspects of the American political system, perhaps I should not be surprised that this topic would make it into print.

Posted by: Peter | March 7, 2006 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Given the many dysfunctional aspects of the American political system, perhaps I should not be surprised that this topic would make into print.

Posted by: Peter | March 7, 2006 2:11 PM | Report abuse

What was the point of this topic? Why do I care if some staffer gets the candidates wife to shill for a b-day card?

Posted by: jenniferm | March 7, 2006 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Chris, how much do you think Bill Frist's upper crust background will hurt him if he decided to run for president? Though George W. Bush could have had the same problem he can pull off the "regular guy" act.

slackerswithadvanceddegrees.blogspot.com

Posted by: Thomas | March 7, 2006 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Is there nothing politicians won't resort to for attention and fundraising? How about taking care of the people's business?

http://www.intrepidliberaljournal.blogspot.com

Posted by: Intrepid Liberal | March 7, 2006 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Allen needs to worry about Webb and Miller...with trips to iowa on his schedule clearly he is running for president...i know va republicans where i live that are wondering aloud if it wouldn't be better to have someone like tom davis run for senate so allen can fully focus on 08 run...

Posted by: commonwealth republican | March 7, 2006 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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