Jack and Juliet, Sittin' in a Tree?

Fox News babe Juliet Huddy's buddy-buddy relationship with failed Illinois Senate candidate/alleged sex-club-goer Jack Ryan has tongues wagging at Fox News's headquarters in New York.

The duo were spotted holding hands and "gazing adoringly" at each other in the lobby of the cable network last Friday, our spies tell us. "They weren't exactly trying to hide anything -- it was pretty obvious they were together," one eagle-eye tattled.

It's no secret that the perky "Fox & Friends" weekend anchor is a big fan of Ryan. "I have enormous respect for the man," she wrote in June on her "Fox & Friends" blog.

Add to that the fact that Huddy, 35, is recently separated and Ryan has been divorced since 1999, and the peeps at FNC just can't help but put two and two together.

Ah, not so, says Huddy. "Unequivocally not true," she told us. "He's a friend of mine. He has a girlfriend. . . . That rumor has been going around for a while, by the way."

Ryan called us yesterday to clarify: "Not true. I know I've never held her hand in my life, though I wouldn't be against it. We're just friends."

Huh. So our spies didn't see you two holding hands? Says Huddy: "This person must be hallucinating. Seriously, that blows my mind! It's almost funny. If I were dating somebody and trying to hide it, I wouldn't do it in front of the Fox lobby."

Fair point, Juliet, but who said anything about hiding?

Democratic Party

The newly crowned head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Dan Glickman, was aglow Wednesday eve at a party thrown in his honor at Beth and Ron Dozoretz's uber-palatial, uber-Democratic home in Northwest Washington.

The intimate gathering of well-wishers hailing the former Clinton ag secretary was a cross-section that included Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Reps. Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and former Recording Industry Association of America chief Hilary Rosen, as well as journos Chris Wallace, John Cochran, Gloria Borger and Gordon Peterson.

We asked whether any Republicans could possibly be seen in the vicinity (journos are apolitical, of course). Yes, we're told. "There were Republicans there," Dozoretz defended yesterday. Who? Former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland Joe Gildenhorn, for one. Oh, and PR man David Bass -- although Bass came as a Glickman family friend, so does he really count? Dozoretz was quick to point out: "Lots of Republicans were invited."

However, there's another theory regarding the outnumbering. We hear a sprinkling of righties, including Paul Wolfowitz, gathered on the rooftop of Perry's in Adams Morgan. They showed up to raise a glass to Dick Cheney flack Kevin Kellems, celebrating his 40th blissful year on the planet. You may remember Kellems from his film debut in "Fahrenheit 9/11," seen spitting on, er, prepping the hair of then-boss Wolfie before an interview.

Noted . . .

Cameron Diaz sounded off during Wednesday's "Voting Party" on the Oprah Winfrey TV show about why, exactly, women should vote. "We have a voice now, and we're not using it, and women have so much to lose. I mean, we could lose the right to our bodies. . . . If you think that rape should be legal, then don't vote. But if you think that you have a right to your body, and you have a right to say what happens to you and fight off that danger of losing that, then you should vote." Got that, ladies?

. . . and Quoted

"When I look at my children, sometimes I wish I remained a virgin."

-- Jimmy Carter's late mother, Lillian, according to White House reporter Helen Thomas during a breakfast this week for the New York Women in Communications, as reported by the New York Post.

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder

from staff and wire reports

Juliet Huddy of Fox News and Jack Ryan, former Senate candidate, are "just friends," says Ryan.