- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 8, 2005

Going mobile

Let’s bring you up to date on the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) ongoing battle with a Midwest billboard company that has refused to erect a pair of DNC ads in the district of a Republican lawmaker who criticized a Democrat for speaking out against the war in Iraq.

The stalemate started after Rep. Jean Schmidt, Ohio Republican, became critical of Rep. John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, for attacking U.S. policy in Iraq. The DNC came to the latter’s defense by signing a contract to erect billboards critical of Mrs. Schmidt, albeit the billboard company later killed the ads, deeming them too negative.

“The DNC will never allow a corporation to determine the content of our ads,” DNC Executive Director Tom McMahon said in his latest missive to Inside the Beltway. So, during the next week, the DNC will purchase full-page ads in local Ohio and West Virginia newspapers, and then hit the streets with “a mobile billboard.”

“This should be a warning to Republicans that shameless attacks will not be tolerated,” he said.

Lucy, I’m home!

Who’s the interviewer and who’s the guest when TV host Brian Lamb and radio host Laura Ingraham sit down to discuss world — and personal — affairs?

For the answer, tune into C-SPAN’s “Q&A” at 8 p.m. this Sunday, albeit C-SPAN’s Jennifer Moire is allowing Inside the Beltway readers an exclusive peek of the interview that touches on Miss Ingraham’s fight with cancer, the former fiance who ditched her in the middle of her battle, even C-SPAN’s “tacky” studio furniture.

Miss Ingraham had breast cancer surgery on April 23, and at first didn’t want to be “identified as a cancer person, but I’ve got to tell you, I’m glad I asked for prayers.”

“You told them about your fiance,” Mr. Lamb said.

“I did, yes,” Miss Ingraham said of her listeners, albeit she abruptly changes the subject. “I was engaged a couple of weeks earlier and then was unengaged a couple of weeks into the cancer. … By the way, I’m calling ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.’ They’re coming in and doing this set over. … I mean, I know this is not-for-profit, but you can do something about the set.”

“You don’t like our set?” Mr. Lamb asks.

“No. There’s — did you get this at Marlo Furniture?” she asks.

“What’s wrong with Marlo Furniture?” Mr. Lamb interjects.

“Nothing. But I — nothing. I stand corrected,” Miss Ingraham says.

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