Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Alonzo Mourning in the Capitol. (Photo courtesy of Drake Sorey)

Another day, another star comes in Washington to cast his glow on a favored cause. Wednesday’s luminary: Alonzo Mourning

Setting: Rayburn House Office Building.

Event: A lunch hosted by the Kidney Care Partners, a coalition of research and patient groups.

Bona fides: Retired Georgetown and NBA All-Star; diagnosed with kidney disease in 2000 and got a transplant in 2003; went back to play pro basketball for six more years.

What he wants: Congress to preserve Medicare coverage for dialysis patients amid the fiscal cliff cuts.

How he looked: Very, very tall and elegant in a navy cashmere suit, ginormous NBA championship ring he won with the Miami Heat in 2006.

Quote: “These experiences allowed me to understand that I’m not here just for myself. . . I’m here as the voice of millions of Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease.”

Forbidden topic: “Don’t ask any questions about the Heat losing to the Wizards,” he said, only half-joking, the morning after D.C.’s upset victory.

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