- The Washington Times - Friday, May 12, 2000

'Senator No'

A newly unveiled portrait of Nathaniel Macon (a k a "Senator No"), the first North Carolinian to serve as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee between 1825 and 1829, now hangs in the U.S. Capitol.

And who better to do the unveiling this week but a fellow North Carolinian who also happens to sit in Macon's old committee chairman's seat?

"When it comes to saying 'no,' I'm not even in the same ballpark with … Nathaniel Macon," says Sen. Jesse Helms, North Carolina Republican and one of Capitol Hill's top "no casters."

Macon, the original "Senator No," was a fierce opponent of all measures to expand the power of the new federal government. He was said to have cast more no votes during his 37-year career in the House and Senate than any 10 members combined.

If not busy casting no votes, Mr. Helms will gladly lead the way to Macon's portrait, which hangs in the committee's formal receiving room of the U.S. Capitol.

Avoiding a Lewinsky

So you're new to Washington, a freshman congressman or intern perhaps, and need to know what to say, what to do, and how to act if, say for instance, you come face to face with President Clinton.

Well, look no further than Ingeborg Wagner Kolodney, executive director of the Viennese Opera Ball in Washington and former protocol officer at the Austrian Embassy. Mr. Kolodney later this month will be teaching Washingtonians the social ropes at his etiquette seminar for success.

Having extensive consulting experience in the field of etiquette, Mr. Kolodney will instruct socialites and business people alike on the proper methods of handling themselves in social and professional situations whether meeting, greeting, eating or conversing.

(Sorry, flashing a G-string is not covered in this seminar.)

Mr. Kolodney will explain that etiquette is a set of rules devised to allow people to participate in the game of life. He'll also show how knowledge of these rules of appropriate behavior can boost many a career and enhance many a relationship.

Party Digest, a promoter of the seminar, says Mr. Kolodney will be teaching the manners on May 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Cost is $75 per person.

Room service call

First came word that the FBI was investigating the theft of nearly $1 million in gate receipts collected at a festival surrounding the recent homosexual Millennium March on Washington.

Now come accusations by National Gay Lobby Executive Director Michael Romanello that the Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest homosexual political organization, reserved a room at the Mayflower Hotel used as a drug distribution center.

Room 223, suggests Mr. Romanello.

Mr. Romanello says information that "hard drugs" were sold out of the hotel room comes from three different sources, one being "an individual I have known for 19 years, a person with an international reputation, and an individual whom I know to be truthful and reliable."

In the light of the accusations, the head of the National Gay Lobby issued a news release this week calling on the HRC to launch an internal investigation.

Reached Thursday, HRC Communications Director David Smith said Mr. Romanello, for whatever personal or professional reasons, is spreading lies.

"This guy's a lunatic," Mr. Smith says. "It's not true, it's nonsense, it's the most ludicrous thing I've ever read."

He says he even telephoned Mr. Romanello and called him "a liar."

Mr. Romanello told us Thursday that his "only intention was to warn [the HRC] of a potentially embarrassing situation not to embarrass them, but to make the community aware of the facts."

Tens of thousands of homosexuals showed up for the annual festival and march, which featured a "marriage" ceremony in which 1,000 same-sex couples exchanged vows of commitment in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Other highlights were the "Queer Moon Ball" and receiving greetings from President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.

Strange bed

What's happening to Washington when Clinton friend, fund-raiser and loyal adviser Terry McAuliffe joins former Christian Coalition Executive Director Ralph Reed as the newest advisers to www.SpeakOut.com, a political activism Web site?

These two opposites this week join a bipartisan political advisory board headed by former Democrat Rep. Tom Downey, former Republican National Committee Chairman Rich Bond, former Reagan aide Michael K. Deaver, former Gore adviser Carter Eskew, and former Clinton White House counsel Jack Quinn.

Ouch!

"We are glad that the transportation situation in D.C. allowed you to finally get here."

D.C. Bar Association President Jack Olender, introducing a present, but tardy Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater at the National Press Club this week. Motorists in the nation's capital have been beleaguered of late by utility construction on city streets.

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