- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 9, 2003

'Devil' in Christian
What a difference two years make.
In 2000, Christian Josi, executive director of the American Conservative Union, authored the book "Hillary Rodham Clinton: What Every American Should Know," calling the New York Senate candidate's record one of "scandal, corruption and radical politics."
Since then, Mr. Josi has left the ACU, but he's coming soon to a concert stage or movie theater near you.
He has just signed on with June Street Entertainment ("Austin Powers 3: Goldmember," "The Adventures of Pluto Nash," "The Osbournes" and "Dawson's Creek") to place his music in films and TV.
Already, Mr. Josi's 1994 debut album, "I Walks With My Feet Off The Ground" (MasterMix Records), received critical acclaim. But now, after an eight-year hiatus (somebody had to counter two terms of the Clinton White House) from the music business, Mr. Josi returned to the studio in November to lay down new tracks with legendary jazz pianist John Colianni of Mel Torme fame.
According to Lloyd Remick of Zane Management Inc., Mr. Josi also plans to be back soon in the studio with Mr. Colianni and Smithereens' frontman Pat DiNizio to record another album. This column predicts that Mr. Josi will remain in the music business, a far less stressful gig than battling Mrs. Clinton, who got elected despite his book.
"I have received hundreds of phone calls and letters," Mr. Josi said after penning the goods on Mrs. Clinton. "They are pretty evenly split some say I was too easy on her, and on the other side, I get calls that say I'm the son of the devil."
Need to RSVP
It's a big party week in Washington, given the convening of the new 108th Congress.
But not everybody in the nation's capital has cause to celebrate, particularly Democrats, what with their new minority status in both wings of the U.S. Capitol.
"I was struck by the fact that, here we are on the very first day of the 108th Congress, and I am proud to say it is the Democratic Party that is down here on the floor tonight talking about the economy and the recession and how we invest our way out of it; we are talking about war, how we avoid it; we are talking about new job creation for our country," Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Ohio Democrat, told anybody who was listening there weren't many Tuesday night.
"I do not hear anything from the other side. I mean, it is easy to go to cocktail parties and leave for dinners because it is kind of a day of pomp and circumstance; on the other hand, we are a serious party. We are true to our traditions," she said. "I am very proud to be a Democrat tonight. We are doing our job."
At which time Rep. Tom Osborne, Nebraska Republican, stood up in an otherwise empty House chamber and walked to the lectern.
"I sat here with a great deal of interest listening to the fact that Republicans were at cocktail parties and out with lobbyists. And I am a Republican, and I am still here," he said.
Now if somebody would please add the names of Miss Kaptur and Mr. Osborne to their party-invitation list.
Sibling rivalries
On the House side of Capitol Hill, 54 new members took the oath of office this week, as the historic 108th Congress convened.
It's historic because, for the first time a woman, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, was nominated for speaker of the House of Representatives. Also, another woman, Rep. Deborah Pryce of Ohio, becomes the first chairman, er, chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.
And, amazingly enough, it's historic in that two sibling pairs of members were sworn in the Sanchez sisters (Democrats Loretta and Linda) from California and the Diaz-Balart brothers (Republicans Lincoln and Mario) from Florida, both from immigrant families.
Mickey stamp
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Texas Democrat, wasted no time on the first day of the new Congress filing a resolution to issue a commemorative postage stamp in honor of the late Rep. George "Mickey" Leland, Texas Democrat.
Mr. Leland, who served almost a dozen years in the House, was chosen freshman majority whip in his first term, and later served twice as at-large majority whip. As chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger, he became a world ambassador for the hungry.
A plane crash in Ethiopia in 1989 took the lives of Mr. Leland and 15 others, among them two members of his congressional staff, four U.S. Agency for International Development employees, one State Department staffer, and philanthropist Ivan Tillem. They were en route to an isolated refugee camp near the Sudanese border, where thousands were starving.

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