Congressman Hits on Actress Kerry Washington
Who knew that a Congressman's funding request for sewer projects in his district could be so... so sexy?
When Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) went before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Thursday, he found himself appealing instead for the affection of famed silver screen beauty Kerry Washington.
Washington, who starred in "Ray" and "The Last King of Scotland" among other films, is a member of the Hollywood lobbying group the Creative Coalition. She was waiting her turn (along with actor Timothy Daly) before the appropriations subcommittee to appeal for higher funding of the National Endowment of the Arts.
Never mind how the arts and sewers wound up before the same subcommittee, but they somehow did. Which brought Davis and Washington together, yet still - oh so far apart.
Davis sat before the panel, looked around the room at all the cameras and joked about the "sudden interest" in sewer projects. Then he made his move.
Turning to Washington, the 39-year-old Congressman said as "a single member" of the House, he "personally" wanted to welcome her to Capitol Hill.
The room erupted with laughter, according to eyewitnesses. Davis went on to make his appeal for more money for his sewer projects and left the room - without even trying to seal the deal (he didn't get her phone number!).
When Washington got up to testify, she said she was "honored" to be welcomed before Congress but "surprised" at "being hit on." Again, rousing laughter.
It looks like flirtation is where this story ends. (Sigh.) Rep. Davis, who is - yes, ladies - single and highly eligible, tells the Sleuth: "A beautiful actress who doesn't live in Washington or Birmingham doesn't have time for a politician."
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