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Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 04/25/2012

McDonnell, Warner sit alongside Longoria, Theron at dinner

This should be cozy.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Sen. Mark Warner (D) are both attending the White House Correspondents Association dinner Saturday night at the invitation of Politico.

The state’s two most popular politicians actually get along well, but it was just last week that Warner called a Democratic senator and urged him to vote — again — against the Virginia budget, mired in partisan gridlock for weeks.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) speaks at the University of Mary Washington on April 3, 2012. (Robert A. Martin/The Free Lance-Star via AP )

McDonnell was frustrated by the impasse, but Sen. Charles Colgan (D-Prince William) did eventually break with his party and vote for the budget.

But rest assured, it’s unlikely to be mundane topics like that pesky state budget that will actually be discussed Saturday.

After all, they will be sitting aside A-list actresses Eva Longoria and Charlize Theron. There are other guests, too: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, mentioned along with McDonnell as a possible GOP vice president contender; Obama campaign manager Jim Messina; Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus; Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt; and entrepreneur Ivanka Trump.

McDonnell and Warner are not strangers to the red carpet. McDonnell is a regular guest of the correspondent’s dinner, while Warner has attended Washington’s other posh events, the Alfalfa Club and Gridiron dinners.

Check out the Reliable Source for all the latest dinner news.

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