- The Washington Times - Monday, July 23, 2007

Drenched beings

Inside the Beltway reader Don Garlock wrote to us about the country’s most famous war protester, who with her followers paid his city a visit:

Cindy Sheehan was in downtown Lynchburg, Va., [Thursday] night. Police had to close 9th Street as well as Church, Main, Commerce and Jefferson streets. This is the heart of downtown and it was right at rush hour. Several waves of strong storms took care of the aliens.”

Indy 10

That was Washington politico-turned-public relations guru Christian Josi tearing around the racetrack at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Mr. Josi actually turned four laps on the 2.5-mile oval, while steering an Indy 500-driven Dallara. He clocked an impressive speed that reached 140 miles per hour.

Curious about his desire to drive so fast, Inside the Beltway learned for the first time that Mr. Josi, when he isn’t wearing his PR hat on Connecticut Avenue NW, moonlights under an undisclosed nom de plume as a columnist for a Motorsports publication.

“I just wanted to get a feel for what it’s like for the drivers that I write about,” he explains. “Oh, and I also wanted to do something cool for my birthday.”

Besides being an avid race-car fan and columnist, Mr. Josi is senior vice president of Dezenhall Resources in Washington, a leading public relations and crisis-management firm.

Doggie treats

So how does the world’s largest animal rights organization show its appreciation to Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry for proposing legislation aimed at eliminating dogfighting, as well as for sending a strongly worded letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting he suspend Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who was indicted this past week on dogfighting charges?

“We’re sending [Mr. Kerry] … a box of dog toys and vegan doggie treats,” Bruce Friedrich, of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, tells Inside the Beltway.

We assume Mr. Kerry has a dog.

Go figure

Jeff Ruch, executive director of the District-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, wished to draw our attention to purported “crony hiring” by a top civil service guardian.

However, we find Mr. Ruch’s sense of humor to be more entertaining:

Scott Bloch, the special counsel who is supposed to safeguard the federal merit system, is advertising for some new high-level help. On July 11, 2007, Bloch posted a new Deputy Director for Planning and Analysis position carrying a $154,600 maximum salary. This new top-level job will be charged with carrying out ‘new program initiatives envisioned by the Special Counsel’ and refining ‘strategic and long-range plans.’ The slot is open to any U.S. citizen who can pass a background check and is willing to undertake ‘occasional travel … by various modes of transportation.’

“Does this mean unicyclists are preferred? Must be open to rickshaws? Or is this at last a career path for Segway enthusiasts?”

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes .com.

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