Lawmakers head to Monaco for meeting


Night view of Monaco's Bay. (Courtesy of Monaco Press Centre Photos)

Loop Fans may recall that we had urged people to hop onto a codel tentatively planned to be led by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) to the five-day interparliamentary meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe starting July 5.

Unfortunately, Smith decided not to go. That left CSCE officials scrambling to find a delegation to represent the United States at the meeting. McCain is going first to Afghanistan, Lebanon and Egypt and then doing a drop -in at the Monaco gathering for one night, his office said.

But McCain, as he usually does, is flying commercial to Dubai and then taking a military jet to Afghanistan, Lebanon and Egypt and apparently to France. Then commercial back home. He’s got one aide going with him.

Aderholt is flying commercial, too, and is going sans staff.

We had heard that retiring Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) was possibly going to hang out at the conference, but Shuler’s office told us last week he’d decided not attend.

Cardoza’s office didn’t respond to several calls and e-mails — so we’re assuming you’ll see him there. Look for him at the spectacular Fairmont Monte Carlo. The spa’s terrific, and the hotel has its own casino. Unclear if Cardoza’s wife is going or how many aides will be forced to go.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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