Mystery solved. The Loop enlisted readers’ help in figuring out whose car was tooling around town with plates that read “GOP SPIN.”

We wondered which Republican P.R. type was so boldly announcing the oft-reviled practices of the profession... and in response to our query, the car’s owner herself stepped forward.

Meet Tara Bradshaw. She lives in the metro area, and has had the plates for at least a dozen years, she tells us, dating back from when she was, indeed, a GOP spokeswoman, at the Senate Finance Committee and for the Treasury Department in the administration of President George W. Bush.

Now, she works in government affairs, and although her job requires far less spinning these days, she simply kept the plates. “I’m surprised,” she said, about the Loop’s interest in her tags. “Nobody ever seems to notice them.”

Only in Washington...