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Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 05/06/2011

Names & Faces: Wasserman-Schultz celebrates DNC gig; Nicolas Cage is off the hook; Paul McCartney gets engaged


Bill Daley, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Valerie Jarrett at the Jefferson Hotel. (Courtesty SKDKnickerbocker )
Wasserman-Schultz celebrates new gig as DNC Chair

Friends and colleagues gathered at the Jefferson Hotel on Thursday evening to honor Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.), who just started her new gig as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

She’s not the first woman to hold the title (she’s the third, actually), but she is first to get the gig in the last 15 years. Lots of fellow Dems turned out to nosh on snacks and sip wine — Bill Daley, Kathleen Sebelius, Donna Brazile, Anita Dunn, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Hilary Rosen, among others.

Wasserman-Shultz was introduced by senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who admitted that she nursed a friend-crush on the congresswoman long before they met in person. “I got to know Debbie watching her on the television during the primary season,” she said. “Every time she would come on she was smart and she was quick and she was passionate, and I just kept thinking, Why isn’t she on our team?”

Afterward, Wasserman-Schultz gave a quickie speech, just to let everybody know she’s ready to get to work. “If I had to wish for a ball for the coach to hand me to run with, being the chair of the DNC would be that ball,” she said. “I might not always win — I think we’re going to win — but we’re never going to lose because I got outworked.”


Nancy Shevell and Paul McCartney at the Kennedy Center Honors in December. (Jacquelyn Martin/ AP)
Engaged: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell. People, one of the more cautious chroniclers of celeb life, cites a “source close to Shevell.” Not surprising, really: The former Beatle, 68, and the New York businesswoman, 51, have been spotted everywhere together since they first hooked up in 2007. It’s Macca’s third stroll down the aisle.

Nicolas Cage is off the hook

The “National Treasure” actor, who was arrested last month by New Orleans police for alleged domestic abuse and disturbing the peace while allegedly three sheets to the wind, won’t be prosecuted after all. “The New Orleans district attorney has confirmed that no charges of any kind will be pursued against him,” Cage’s attorney, Harry Rosenberg, told People. “After their investigation, the DAs refused all charges against Nick, and the matter has been closed.”

Born: A daughter, Mirabella Bunny, for Bryan Adams, 51, and his partner, Alicia Grimaldi, People reports. It’s the “Summer of ’69” singer’s first kid.

Spotted: Matt Dillon at Georgetown’s Bourbon Steak on Thursday night, grabbing drinks. The star wore a dark suit and dined with a group of friends, including “Episodes” actor John Pankow. In town for a Refugees International benefit.

Also Spotted: Jill Biden getting dinner at Bibiana, near McPherson Square, on Thursday evening. Wore a navy blue jacket, chowed with friends in a semi-private dining room.

— Aaron Leitko, from staff, Web and wire reports.

By Aaron Leitko  |  05:19 PM ET, 05/06/2011

 
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