- The Washington Times - Friday, April 3, 2009

Scotch soiree attracts politicos

A few hot Scots from Congress were out and about during Wednesday night’s reception for National Tartan Day (Please note, the official celebration is April 6) honoring the Friends of Scotland Caucus.

Rep. John Duncan, Tennessee Republican — who co-founded the caucus in 2005 — came kiltless. But he told The Washington Times that his tartan plaid tie would suffice to prove his allegiance to Scotland, thank you very much!

His colleague, Ohio Democrat and former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, was much more effusive in his praise for the land of Sean Connery and Alexander Graham Bell — although the politico’s roots are mostly Irish.

Mr. Kucinich told The Times that his mother read works by “all the Irish and Scottish poets” to him when he was a wee lad, while offering us some renditions in his best Irish brogue.

The congressman further confided that he and his comely young wife, Elizabeth (nearly 30 years his junior), might be singing some Scottish lullabies to their own wee one soon.

We’ll certainly be on baby bump watch.

Elsewhere at the gathering, Rep. Jim McDermott, Washington Democrat, kicked back a shot of Macallan’s malt Scotch whiskey while filling us in on his recent trip to Iraq.

Mr. McDermott, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, says his lasting impression of the trip to the region was “it’s all about understanding cultures. We can’t just blunder in there as a military presence,” he explains.

Was that the Scotch or the partisan talkin’?

‘Birdie’ back on Broadway

John Stamos and Gina Gershon will star in the first Broadway revival of “Bye Bye Birdie,” Associated Press reports.

Roundabout Theatre Company artistic director Todd Haimes says “Birdie” will open this fall at one of its theaters. The 1960 musical centers on an Elvis Presley-like rock ‘n’ roll star named Conrad Birdie who is being drafted into the Army and the effect his departure has on the teenagers in a small Ohio town.

Mr. Stamos will play the star’s manager, Albert Peterson, and Gershon will portray the manager’s long-suffering secretary.

Mr. Mayer sings of ‘Heartache’

Weeks after splitting with Jennifer Aniston, John Mayer debuted a tune, titled “Heartbreak Warfare,” on his recent five-day cruise, DenverPost.com reports, citing a story from US Weekly.

Before performing the song on March 28, he told the 3,000 fans aboard the Mayercraft Carrier 2, “It’s miserable being around someone who’s negative.”

He then began singing the song, which includes such lyrics as: “If you want more love, why don’t you say so?”

It wasn’t Mr. Mayer’s only jaw-dropping moment, according to US Weekly: He also confessed to making out with celeb blogger Perez Hilton, who has bashed Miss Aniston numerous times on his Web site.

By Stephanie Green, Liz Glover and Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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