Actress and pretend Senate hopeful Ashley Judd held court in Atlantic Publisher David Bradley’s gorgeous kitchen last night at his pre-inaugural bash. The party, dubbed “Downton Bradley” for its hoity-toity guest list, was a who’s who of Washington D.C. where the living room was filled with everyone from TIME‘s Joe Klein, CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and CBS’s Norah O’Donnell to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan with wife, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, White House correspondent for ABC News Radio Ann Compton, WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, Debbie Dingle, wife of Rep. John Dingle (D-Mich.), whose surname persistently comes out “Dungle” on the iPhone, CBS Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Atlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Hungarian Amb. Greg Szapry, Comcast Executive V.P. David Cohen, and AOL Co-founder Steve Case.
The dining room, meanwhile, had its own plateful of D.C. V.I.P.’s — former White House Press Sec. Joe Lockhart, former PBS’ Jim Lehrer (yawn), CNN and Newsweek/The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz, BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton and reporter Rosie Gray, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani and Warren Rojas, National Journal Publisher Bruce Gottlieb, NJ‘s new spokesman, Ben Fishel (former flack to ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Penistown), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Media Matters), reporter Chris Frates and Atlantic Spokeswoman Natalie Raabe, NJ National Correspondent Ron Fournier, NJ‘s Ron Brownstein and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt, who described her recent quick bout with the flu despite having a flu shot. Also in the dining room: Lobbyist Heather Podesta.
In the foyer was a male guest with a neck beard (see pictures after the jump), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and outgoing Sec. of State Hilary Clinton‘s former Chief of Staff Melanne Verveer.
It was the kitchen, however, that was the apparent nerve center of Bradley’s house. With beautiful creamy couches and a blazing fireplace, and the surprisingly down-to-earth Bradley in the corner chatting up guests, it was there where we spied on Judd mingling with D.C. insiders such as HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, who wore a bright pink tie and signature mane of longish silver locks, Bloomberg View‘s Margaret Carlson. Judd was accompanied by an unidentified partially balding man. Also roaming the kitchen was Fineman’s sister, Elizabeth Schroeter, in from Colorado. Asked about her brother, Schroeter said he was a “really good guy.” Judd, with a red flower in her hair, struck various poses throughout the night. Most noteworthy, however, was her stick straight posture, even when sitting, and her ability to stick her chest out when engaged in casual conversation. Let’s just say she was well aware that flashbulbs were capturing her every move.
Out on the enclosed patio were more guests to gawk at and grill.
(Pictured above left: Atlantic Publisher David Bradley)
There was FNC’s Juan Williams and his wife, Delise Susan, who had a curious stripe of pink in her hair. A partygoer wondered whether this was a special inauguration hairdo. Williams, asked if NPR has improved its ways since firing him, said he didn’t know of major changes happening in his former workplace. “I always enjoy NPR and am sorry things turned out the way he did,” he told FishbowlDC. Asked if he’s content at FNC, he replied emphatically that he was and added, “I always say conservatives are way more tolerant of divergent points of view than liberals.”
Juan Williams and wife, Delise Susan, with a stripe of pink locks
Nothing a good razor can’t handle.
Ashley Judd shows off toned arms.
HuffPost’s Howard Fineman zones in on Judd.
More Fineman with Judd.
Andrea Mitchell and husband Alan Greenspan.
ABC’s Ann Compton.
Fmr. WH Press Sec. Joe Lockhart.
At this point we blend their surnames: Juddman
Hillary Clinton’s former Chief of Staff Melanne Verveer.
Howie Kurtz and wife on the way out.
Howie mingling, looking very serious.
Joe Klein, Chef Geoff, and Norah O’Donnell in red lace.
Juddman still talking.
Biggest hair of the night.