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62nd annual Washington press club dinner & CQ putting on The Ritz after - party

February 8 • Ritz Carlton

While potential Presidential candidate Sen. George Allen of Virginia was dining on fi sh and fi let at The Washington Press Club Foundation's 62nd Annual dinner on February 8th at the Ritz-Carlton, Sen. Judd Gregg was cha ing about the bi-annual budget while quarantined in a parking garage adjacent to the Senate Russell Offi ce Building. Even though the nerve agent scare proved false, Blackberries were buzzing throughout most of the evening; at least until Sen. Arlen Specter took over the podium. He was surprisingly witty.

"I know what you're thinking: Every year you're having a Democrat and a Republican, and this year you decided not to have a Republican," the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said, referring to his oft considered moderate reputation. Taking a jab at longtime friend Sen. Bob Dole, Specter relayed this conversation: "I told Elizabeth, ‘I just shaved and I feel ten years younger.'" To which Elizabeth replied: "Why didn't you do that last night? " Then there was his joke about three men getting to choose between Rye, Scotch or Bourbon. The first replies Rye, the second replies Scotch and the third, a man in cloth replies: "I'd commit adultery first." "Hey wait," the others chimed in, "I didn't know that was a choice!" On Trent Lott: "During the hurricane [Katrina], he lost his house and his library… both books. And he wasn't even finished coloring one." Co-speaker and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer held his own with a "Brokeback Mountain" inspired joke about Tom DeLay and his relationship with controversial lobbyist Jack Abramoff . "The former House leader signed letters to Abramoff inscribed: "I wish I knew how to quit you.'"

Celebrity power was compliments of Congressional Quarterly, whose guests included Miss America Jennifer Berry, Fran Drescher, Joey "Pants" Pantoliano, Cady Huff man, Tim Blake Nelson, and Giancarlo Esposito. CQ kept the buzz going until 1 a.m. at their exclusive ‘Putting on the Ritz' after party co-sponsored with The Creative Coalition.

 

Rep. Arthur Davis
Robin Bronk and Fran Drescher

Ron Bronstein and Jennifer Palmeri
Rep. James E. Clyburn

Mary Ann Akers
Secretary Gale A. Norton and Heidi Holland

David Bass
Helen Thomas, Mary Rosokar and Frederica Dunn

Sen. Orin Hatch and Tsotne Bakuria
Joey “Pants” Pantoliano and Tammy Haddad

Joe Scarborough
Amb. Ishaq Sharyar and wife Hafeza

David Shuster and Jennifer Berry
Juliana Silva and Peter Bergen

Sen. Arlen Specter and wife Joan
Owen Ullmann

 

BY JANET DONOVAN



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