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Capitol Hill’s Most Promising Scandal Locations

Capitol Hill has been the home of many a scandal since the early days of the republic. But times and locations change. So HOH put together a short list of some of our favorite places near the Capitol for getting into trouble or spying on others getting into trouble.

• Tune Inn: This watering hole at 331 Pennsylvania Ave. SE is favored by members, staff, journalists, lobbyists, firefighters, police officers and all the other people who make Capitol Hill tick. It’s a fascinating stew of savory and unsavory characters, all under the influence. You might even see a member of Congress sleep it off in the storage area.

• Capitol Lounge: This has arguably the highest per-capita population of Hill aides off campus, all drinking heavily on a nightly basis at 229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

• C Street Center: The denizens of 133 C St. SE are bonded by their Christian spiritual beliefs and a proclivity for scandal. Just ask former Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., who drew attention to the place in the midst of their sex scandals.

• Johnny’s Half Shell: The seafood is fresh at 400 North Capitol St., and so are the fundraisers. People on the Hill love to raise money here, and members come in and out at a rapid pace in full view of the bar section. Who’s paying for which delicious plate of oysters?

• The Liaison Capitol Hill: Why should the Mayflower have all the fun? This boutique hotel at 415 New Jersey Ave. NW already boasts tons of events and the great Art and Soul restaurant. And it’s called the Liaison, for goodness’ sake. It’s only natural for people to liaise there.

• Automobile barricades: These public safety implements have been known to get in the way of intoxicated members of Congress who get behind the wheel.

• Escalators: These modes of vertical transportation all over campus have also been known to trip up intoxicated members of Congress.

• Elevators: Some members of Congress, such as Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., are known for strictly enforcing the “members only” elevators around the Capitol. Unsuspecting staffers, or even new or more obscure members of Congress, could be in for a tongue-lashing if they get on board with a rule-abiding member.

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