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The Clinch That Had Jaws Dropping

By Richard Leiby
Wednesday, March 16, 2005; Page C03

Could it be? Sean Hannity, the devoutly conservative TV and radio host, seen hugging a liberal? Yes, that was him in a fond embrace with Democracy Radio host Stephanie Miller during a radio yakkers confab at a Santa Monica, Calif., hotel last week.

"There was no sex involved," the Los Angeles-based Miller, heard on AM 1260 locally, assured her listeners yesterday after a blogger reported on the hotel-lobby encounter. "It was just a hug."

Sean Hannity's conservative charisma isn't lost on liberal radio host Stephanie Miller, left: "He is a big hunk of stud meat - even if he is Satan." (Miller Photo - Courtesy Democracy Radio - Hannity Photo - Courtesy ABC Radio Networks)

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She also pointed out: "He is a big hunk of stud meat -- even if he is Satan."

Hannity, heard on ABC Radio (AM 630 locally) and seen on Fox News Channel, told us: "I guess it's big news when a liberal runs up and hugs me in a public hotel lobby during a break from my radio show. What was I to do -- run?"

But Miller insisted to us: "I did not initiate this. He ran up to me. Those right-wingers, there they go again!"

Truth be told, the single Miller (who got her start in comedy) and the married Hannity are just pals. Though she confessed: "I have a huge unrequited crush on Sean Hannity."

Doesn't everyone?

The Men of Troy Are on a Winning Streak

• The three ambitious Republican brothers known as "the Troy-ka" are on a roll: Tevi Troy, 37, who worked on the 2004 campaign prepping President Bush on debates, started his job this week at the White House as a domestic policy adviser. Gil Troy, 43, a professor at McGill University, was feted Monday night at the home of lobbyist-socialite Juleanna Glover Weiss for his new book, "Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s." And the oldest brother, Dan, 45, the Food and Drug Administration's outgoing chief counsel, has returned to private practice at megafirm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, reportedly with a salary in the seven figures.

Two-thirds of the Troyfecta: Tevi and Gil, with Juleanna Glover Weiss. (Neshan H. Naltchayan)
The Troy Boys' parents -- Elaine and Bernard Troy -- are Democrats from Queens. Mom remains perplexed how her sons ended up as staunch Republicans. Ever the Jewish mother, she was overheard to say at the book party: "I'm just glad they all have jobs." Oy!

At This Library, Nobody Got Shushed

• Country crooner Deborah Allen dropped by the Library of Congress on Monday night to kick off Copyright Awareness Week (which actually starts next week, but so be it). She strummed her guitar and belted out two of her hits -- both seemingly applicable to Washington life -- "Baby I Lied" and "I Fell in Love With a Dirty Old Man" for a hundred entertainment industry types.

Midway through, Allen paused, looked up at the imposing white statue sharing the stage behind her and said with a chuckle: "It's kind of fun having ol' James Madison back me up once in a while." He offered only stony silence.


• Acting up: The famously liberal Warren Beatty urged California's Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger the other day to distance himself from the "lobbyists of K Street" and "brokers of Wall Street" and raise taxes on the rich. Preached the "Bulworth" star: "Arnold, be the action hero I know you can be. Be strong. Stand up and confront the wealthiest 1 percent of Californians who have benefited $12 billion a year from the Bush tax cuts. . . . It's called the haves giving a little more to the have-nots." Appearing Monday night on "Hardball," the "Terminator" star fired back: "All I can say is that, if he promises me not to give me advice in politics, I promise him not to give him advice on acting."

• Former California representative Gary Condit has settled a defamation lawsuit against writer Dominick Dunne just as Condit was facing a deposition to draw out the intimate details of his relationship with slain intern Chandra Levy. On Monday, Condit accepted Dunne's apology and an undisclosed sum. "I did not say or intend to imply that Mr. Condit was complicit in her disappearance, and to the extent my comments may have been misinterpreted, I apologize for them," the Vanity Fair writer said in a statement.

With Anne Schroeder

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