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Last night, Famous DC attended the GOP 2016 Kickoff Happy Hour hosted by Google and Facebook. Held at city-chic bar and restaurant Silo, located in Mt. Vernon Triangle, the event was teeming with GOP social media pros.

Guests bellied up to the open bar, snacked on everything from oysters to flatbread pizzas, and mixed and mingled as they stayed away from the ever-dropping temperatures outside. Drinks were flowing with guests drinking everything from PBR to Jack and Ginger as the bar filled to near-capacity closer to 7pm.

Attendees commented that the neighborhood would never have hosted such an event five years ago, showing that DC’s vibrant night-life is always changing. Silo features some great graffiti art on their walls and the event was highlighted by great chalk drawings featuring Google, Facebook, and a birthday shoutout to Abraham Lincoln.

The event was great, and we’re excited to see all the great things to come from GOP digital efforts as we head into the 2016 elections.

by Allison Cunningham



Photo by Allison Cunningham



Photo by Allison Cunningham



Photo by Allison Cunningham



Photo by Allison Cunningham


You might think it’s a little early to think about 2016, but the GOP scene is right on course. At Silo, Google and Facebook came together to toast Abe Lincoln’s 206th birthday and to congratulate and hear updates from Tom Newhouse, the NRCC’s new Digital Director, and Tim Cameron, the NRSC’s new Chief Digital Strategist. Abe served from a selection of bold beer and fruitful wine as young Republicans discussed their party’s prospects for the next Presidential.

by Nika Nour


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(Photo from left to right: Ali-jae asselstine: Google, coco Pannell: Google, Abe Lincoln, Annie Lewis:Facebook, Jeff Webb: Google) Bottom line: These guys don’t do selfie sticks. Photo by Nika Nour

Famously spotted: Facebook’s Katie Harbath, Future DC Mayor Jay Nelson, NRSC’s Tim Cameron, RNC’s Justin LoFranco, the ever meme-able Richard Cunningham, Annie Lewis, Ali-jae asselstine, Tom Wilbur, Sondra Clark, Sean Evins, Amanda Nunez, Caitlin Rush, Connor Walsh, Thomas Vasquez, Austin James, Gerrit Lansing, Tom Newhouse, Doug Hochberg, Lyndsey Fifield, Eric Wilson and a bartender in full Abraham Lincoln getup.


From WaPo:

“A bipartisan Twitter fest is scheduled to break out on Capitol Hill this week as the Obama administration and Congress venture into an area where they may find agreement: escaping the quagmire over transportation.

“With the May 31 expiration of transportation funding nearing, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) plan to join forces to hold a “town meeting” on Twitter (#StuckInTraffic).”

And you thought the government didn’t know how to use Twitter. Read more here.

This WaPo piece by Ben Terris on Aaron Schock’s newly decorated digs is delightful. Great writing.

…my phone rang.

It was Schock’s communications director, Benjamin Cole.

“Are you taking pictures of the office?” he asked. “Who told you you could do that? . . . Okay, stay where you are. You’ve created a bit of a crisis in the office.”

…my phone rang.

It was Schock’s communications director, Benjamin Cole.

“Are you taking pictures of the office?” he asked. “Who told you you could do that? . . . Okay, stay where you are. You’ve created a bit of a crisis in the office.”

An office decorated in a unique way would hardly be surprising; it would just be another interesting fact about a congressman who has built a brand as not just another politician. So why was this a crisis?

“You see, the congressman hasn’t even seen the office yet,” Cole told me later. “Surely, it wouldn’t be fair for you to write about his office until he has the chance to see it.”

I told him if I could be there when Schock first saw the office, I would hold off till then. Cole agreed, and we reached the Red Walls Accord of 2015.

The whole thing is worth reading.



Rep. Aaron Schock’s (R-Ill.) new office in the Rayburn Office Building, which was designed to resemble the dining room of the PBS show “Downton Abbey.” (Ben Terris/The Washington Post)

We have so many questions (What committee is this? What staff? Why does he have an iPad? Do you think this will go on his resume? Can you fly drones in Committee hearings?)

Aaron Blake at The Fix said it best, it’s “the craziest sentence about a Florida congressman you will read this week.”


ORLANDO, Florida — A trial to determine whether U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife committed bigamy when she wed the congressman has been delayed because she required emergency surgery to remove breast implants.

Don’t ever change, Congressman. And let us know if you’re hiring.


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headerLet’s just start with this, rule one of Cloture Club‘s SOTU drinking game:

Drink for as long as Nancy Pelosi hugs the President when he enters the chamber.

Not convinced this is the drinking game for tonight? Let’s examine one more:

Bounce a quarter in a shot glass and drink when Obama says “free education.”


The others are a must see – download the PDF here.  Take an extra shot if you print it out using taxpayer resources.

(Uncle Joe will be proud.)


Are you a new member of Congress? This guy has advice for you.


Photo by John Sonderman from the FamousDC Flickr pool.