Roll Call: Hopeful Happy Hour
Roll Call’s Neda Semnani: Hopeful Happy Hour
To mark one of the most surreal times in Congress, FamousDC and Roll Call threw a happy hour of hope at Cava Mezze on Eighth Street and people came … including an Australian bloke in shorts and a bow tie who wants to buy naming rights to White House in order to sell soap.
Also a blond lady, her husband and their cameras came. It was weird. Moving on.
HOH is happy to report that even with the House scheduling, rescheduling and un-scheduling the vote on Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) debt limit provision, Cava was full up with non-reality show Hill folk.
It was way less sticky than the last recess bash — but just as much fun — with two bars and the mist-ers misting away.
Packed in the crowd of the overworked and ready to party was Adam Kovacevich from Google and Nick Schaper and Dave Natonski from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
(In a shocking turn of events, we hear the chamber supports coming to an agreement on the debt ceiling plan.)
Jim Brewer of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades came, as did Michael Shank, communication director for Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.).
Fellow gossip girl Nikki Schwab with the Washington Examiner and 94.7’s morning drive-time superstar, Tommy McFly, were chatted up by the serial party crashers.
Eighth Street was the place to be last night: Rumors of House leadership dining together on the block were swirling all night (though we certainly would have been surprised to see them because they were in a meeting blocks away).
But, an HOH spy did see GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) leaving the Fusion Grill and jumping into a Jeep Cherokee — a la the Zoolander models, we’re sure.
Our spy also saw Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) with the crowd, too, though they didn’t get a ride with the others.
Other staffers who took shelter with us: Amber Marchand and Brian Diffell from the office of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Charles Chamberlayne from the office of Sen.John Cornyn (R-Texas).