- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2008

Time for change

Hillary Rodham Clinton needs all the support she can get in her run for the White House — including President Bush’s, if at all possible.

Oh well, it doesn’t hurt to try — or so we gather from the woman holding up a bright blue “Hillary” sign as Mr. Bush’s motorcade drove north on Connecticut Avenue yesterday en route to the National Prayer Breakfast.

Changing face

That was the otherwise vocal Fred Grandy, co-host of the Grandy and Andy Morning Show on Newstalk 630-WMAL, practically whispering yesterday while doing a hilarious imitation of the terminally mellow broadcasters at National Public Radio.

It all began when the former “Love Boat” actor and Iowa Republican congressman mentioned that he had been a guest the previous day on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on 88.5-WAMU, NPR’s news station in the nation’s capital.

With soft music playing in the background, the laid-back Mr. Grandy equated his public radio experience to being in a “foreign country,” and noted that the NPR folks were aghast when he likened Republican presidential candidate John McCain to “Mr. Potato Head.”

Health violation

Six-term Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, New York Democrat, along with his re-election committee, have agreed to pay a $63,000 civil penalty for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act, including using campaign money to hire a personal fitness trainer for the congressman.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) says the lawmaker from Queens has agreed to use his own personal funds to repay his campaign $9,812 for vehicle expenses, $6,230 for “personal trainer” expenses and $916 for miscellaneous undocumented credit card expenses.

Apart from “using campaign funds to pay for personal expenses of the congressman,” the FEC says Mr. Meeks’ campaign committee admits “misstating financial activity; receiving contributions that exceeded the act’s limits and source prohibitions; and failing to keep proper records of operating expenditures and contributions made to other political committees.”

Miserable climate

“Trudging through six inches of global warming.”

Or at least that’s how Christopher C. Horner, senior fellow of the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, describes what it took for him to arrive at Wednesday’s night climate-change debate in snowy East Lansing, Mich.

Making matters worse, he tells Inside the Beltway: a representative from the Michigan Environment Council, who supposedly R.S.V.P’d “yes” for the debate, subsequently phoned in as unavailable.

Hero homecoming

The columnist’s alma mater, Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, has designated today “Mark Little Appreciation Day,” recognizing U.S. Army First Lieutenant Mark Little for his military service to the nation.

During half-time of this evening’s boys varsity basketball game against DeMatha High School, Vice Principal for Academics Tim Hamer will present a hockey jersey to Lt. Little, one of the first goaltenders on the Catholic school’s original 1998-99 season hockey team.

A 2006 graduate of George Mason University, Lt. Little was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard through the Army ROTC program and called to active duty. While it was only last June that he was deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division, he was wounded twice — the second time by a roadside bomb on Sept. 7.

Lt. Little lost both his legs below the knees, and arrived at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Sept. 11, where he has been rehabilitating from his injuries.

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

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