“We’ve only been here five months,” the author said at her book-launch party Monday night, explaining that it takes a while for her surroundings to spark inspiration. “But I do find there to be a lot of interesting fodder here.”
Don’t expect a Real Housewives-style tell-all spilling the tea on the spouses of Capitol Hill, however — Rouda insists she’s received a warm welcome into Washington society.
“I guess that’s what’s been the most surprising to me, how kind and welcoming everybody is,” Rouda said of the political scene. “Because if you just watch the news you would think that would be the opposite.”
And the Roudas seem to be settling in nicely. The party for “The Favorite Daughter” was held at the townhouse of John Delaney, a former congressman who is running for president. While the presidential hopeful and former Maryland Democratic representative was off hitting the campaign trail, his wife, April McClain-Delaney, practiced some first lady duties by playing hostess to Rouda and her newfound friends, including Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and his wife Lisa McGovern; Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and his wife Patti Garamendi; former Texas Republican congressman Pete Sessions and his wife Karen Sessions; Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.); Vlora Citaku, the ambassador of Kosovo; and Albanian Ambassador Floreta Faber.
“There are spouses of both parties here,” Rouda said. “Everybody’s been really great about supporting this book launch and supporting the spouses [of the freshman class of Congress] who are new and have no idea what we’re doing.”