Washington D.C. is aglow in Jonathan Allen, ex-Politico writer turned aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who appeared happy as usual last night at the Capitol Lounge for The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza’s trivia night.
Members of the media and Capitol Hill aides were spotted swarming the new aide, who was chatting with the likes of GOP pundit Doug Heye, Politico‘s Dan Reilly, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) Spokesman Brad Dayspring, NRSC’s Ken Spain, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, WaPo‘s Paul Kane, and NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh .
“He always seems happy,” said a Capitol Hill journalist who ran into Allen last night and chatted with him briefly.
Allen, who signed on to Politico for three months only, this week switched over to the other side of the tracks to work for Schultz.
“I think that he’s a great contribution to the team,” said Schultz’s spokesman Jonathan Beeton, already sounding the perfect spokesman for Allen and nearly casting him like a Founding Father.
“He’s obviously, you know, insightful and intelligent and has a great historical perspective on the institution. That was what the congresswoman was looking for. Jonathan Allen fits that to a T.”
Beeton said he had no concerns about Allen switching teams from the journalism to politics and neither does Schultz. “George Stephanopoulos is only one I successfully know of going the other way,” he added.