Another Capitol Hill bachelor bites the dust! Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) was married to Melinda Ross of Ashland, Ky., on Dec. 11, 2004, at the Greenbrier resort in Rahall’s district. Bipartisan attendees included Rep. and Mrs. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) and Rep. and Mrs. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).
A spokesman for Rahall said Ross, whose age was not disclosed by the Congressman’s office, works for a software firm based in California specializing in environmental issues. Rahall has three children by his previous marriage; Ross has none.
“Considering it’s basketball season you would think there would be a lot of love lost between a Dookie and a Wildcat from Kentucky!” Rahall, 55, a Duke University grad and die-hard Blue Devils fan said. “But I consider myself truly lucky to find someone so very special.”
… While Marriage Comes Sooner for Freshman. Rep.-elect Dan Boren (D-Okla.) has announced his engagement to Andrea Heupel, whose brother Josh Heupel is the former University of Oklahoma star quarterback who led the Sooners to a national championship in 2000.
The groom is the son of former Sen. David Boren (D-Okla.) and stepmother Molly Shi-Boren of Norman, Okla., and the late Janna Robbins and stepfather John Robbins of Texas. The bride to be is the daughter of Ken and Cindy Heupel of Aberdeen, S.D. She is currently studying sonography at the University of Oklahoma. She is scheduled to graduate in May. The couple tentatively plans to wed the last weekend in July, depending on the Congressional recess schedule.
Boren, 31, says he and Heupel, 22, met in Oklahoma City and started dating around the time he announced his bid for Congress. “I think she’s excited,” Boren said of his new fiance. “This is going to be a new experience for both of us.”
Boren is moving into the already furnished Capitol Hill apartment where his predecessor, Rep. Brad Carson (D), lived. Carson lost his Senate bid to Sen.-elect Tom Coburn (R).
As for advice from dear old dad, Boren said the former Senator told him, “Hire good people and listen.”
New Style Mag. The year is now 2005 and Washington fashion is still an oxymoron. But don’t tell that to the publishers of Philadelphia Style, who are determined to bring their glossy highbrow fashion magazine to Washington newsstands this spring.
After all, if it worked in the cheesesteak capital, why not in the nation’s capital?
Others have tried and failed over the years to bring a successful culture and style mag to D.C. to compete with the venerable Washingtonian. But Washington Style editors seem confident they can make a go of it, believing that Washington — while perhaps not the hippest city in America — has plenty to offer by way of style and culture and personalities.
Style Executive Editor Susan Stapleton said Philadelphia Style is a tried-and-true product that has “become a must-read” in Philly. D.C. Style, she said, will be similar to its Philadelphia sister magazine but will be “specific to D.C. — with cultural, home and design, beauty, men’s and women’s fashion, dining and nightlife articles. Readers will be able to find the best that D.C. has to offer.”
Stapleton says the magazine will target 25- to 45-year-olds. “I think we can reach a much younger demographic and make a nice complement to Washingtonian.”
Wave of Generosity. Washington’s at-large socialite Juleanna Glover Weiss is having yet another party. But this time, her neighbors won’t mind when those rowdy staffers, frustrated insiders and ne’er-do-well reporters show up taking up parking spaces and partying too late. Weiss and her husband, Jeffrey, a lobbyist at Black, Kelly, Scruggs and Healy, are holding a Sri Lankan relief party Saturday evening on behalf of her neighbor — the Sri Lankan Embassy. There is no set donation; Weiss asks attendees to give as generously as they can. The name of the relief organization is Sarvodaya USA. The Distilled Spirits Council, according to Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Frank Coleman, is donating liquor for the party and Franco Nuschese, the owner of Café Milano, is sending food for the fundraiser. Other corporate donations are welcome.
Hot Ticket. Plenty of young folks are busting blood vessels trying to get their paws on tickets to the Bush twins’ inaugural youth concert featuring Kid Rock, who was by far the hottest ticket at the GOP convention last summer. But young and old folks alike are frothing over tickets to what is sure to be the hottest late-night bash on Inauguration night: the Recording Industry Association of America’s after-hours concert featuring the Mississippi rock ‘n’ roll band 3 Doors Down.
It isn’t often that a band gets to promote its new album at a presidential inaugural party. The band’s latest work, “Seventeen Days,” is due out in stores Feb. 8. The RIAA, which brought Kid Rock to the GOP convention in New York and The Black Eyed Peas to the Democratic convention in Boston, is holding its inaugural party at H2O, the hip (as far as Washington goes) new waterfront club in Southwest.
The VIP guest list includes President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, first twins Jenna and Barbara, Cabinet secretaries, White House staff — “anybody who you would think,” according to one RIAA official. Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Miss.), Congress’ resident Mississippi rocker (OK, well maybe he’s just a fan) will introduce 3 Doors Down.
But non-VIPs will have a shot at getting into the party as well. Local radio station DC-101 will be giving away free tickets to the party on its station between now and Inauguration Day.
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