When reading today’s reports on the 1,300 editorial journalists who lost their jobs in 2013, you probably didn’t turn to The Hill’s annual “50 most beautiful people in D.C.” list to defend the craft.
Yet “Washington is Hollywood for ugly people” is one of the oldest and most persistent cliches concerning business in our nation’s capital–one that The Hill seems desperate to disprove each year by highlighting the good-looking folks behind the faces that haunt our nightmares.
In a shocking turn of events, this year’s list includes quite a few young professionals who work on the communications side of the political world.
Let’s review (all pics courtesy of The Hill, so give them some clicks).
- Crossfire host S.E. Cupp gets a mention because her husband happens to be VP of comms at The Herald Group.
- On the real PR side, there’s White House “director of planning and events for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs” Monique Dorsainvil:
- Republican National Committee deputy press secretary/son of Juan Williams Raffi Williams (no nepotism in politics):
- Virgina Dent, press secretary to Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.):
- 21-year-old Hailey Sadler, who handles press for Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.):
- Newly appointed White House press secretary Josh Earnest (who recently discussed his job with, you guessed it, Politico)
- Mercury Public Affairs VP (and karaoke veteran) Vicky Vadlamani
- Kimberly Willingham, comms director for Texas Rep Louis “the Attorney General will not cast aspersions on my asparagus!” Gohmert
- White House associate comms director Rachel Racusen
- Dannia Hakki, co-founder of PR firm Moki Media
- Neil Grace, official spokesman for the FCC (tough gig, that)
…and the list goes on. Things we learned:
- Congressfolk have lots of “schedulers”
- The list skews heavily female
- The list was founded by our former colleague/current Daily Caller contributor Betsy Rothstein
- Someone finds both Rand Paul and Bret Baier to be “beautiful”
- The Hill writes the fluffiest, least controversial profiles this side of Good Housekeeping
Here’s our favorite aside: in 2007, Kevin Madden, former press secretary for House Minority Leader John Boehner who went on to serve as spokesperson for Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign, begged and pleaded not to appear on the list–but Rothstein insisted, saying, “Tom Cruise can’t refuse to be on People’s ‘Most Beautiful’ list, and Kevin Madden couldn’t refuse to be on ours.”
Does D.C. look glamorous yet?