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Eight weird quotes from The Hill’s ‘Most Beautiful’ list

The Hill’s annual list of the 50 least ugly folks on Capitol Hill is always a great read. Workout and diet tips abound. Kooky hobbies and side jobs (an aspiring magician! an Uber driver!) are revealed. But the best part is watching the subjects — mostly staffers, Members of Congress, lobbyists and the like — attempt the kind of soft-interview patter (not to mention the cheesecake poses for the accompanying pics) at which celebrities are pros. The results? A few fabulously awkward nuggets. To wit:

50 Most Beautiful 2014
Original photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.

 “My dad always said that dogs were drawn to me.”

— Meredith Raimondischeduler for Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.)

Original photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.
Original photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.

I finally learned it’s not cool to iron your jeans. My dad would iron my jeans, so all the way up to college, I would iron my jeans.” 

— Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.)

Original photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.
Original photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.

“I really try to give it my all in every outfit.”

— Devron Brown, special assistant to the chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,  who “says he’s currently on a picnic kick”

Original photo AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN AFP/Getty Images
Original photo AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN AFP/Getty Images

Look, manis are good, but pedis — there’s something … transformative.”

— Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). (The Hill quoted that line from an interview with Dujour magazine).

Photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.
Original photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.

“I still only smell at about 90 percent,”

— Kristen Welker, White House correspondent for NBC News, who says sinus infections on the 2012 campaign trail impaired her olfactory abilities

Original photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.
Original photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.

“I was in advanced pottery in college and in high school I won a ceramics award.”

— Publicist Dannia Hakki, who also touts Moroccan oil for keeping one’s hair shiny “but only used on the tips of hair, not the roots.”

Photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.
Original photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.

“Her name was Granny Francis, and she would come pick us up from school in a three-wheeled golf cart. In the back of this golf cart she had a box that was held in with a bungee cord that we would sit in.”

— Ross Gagelegislative assistant for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), recalling his childhood babysitter

Original photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.
Original photo by Joaquin Sosa for The Hill.

“Secret Service wasn’t having that,”

— Austin Richchief of staff to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who inexplicably once “dressed up as a bear and tried to fist bump Vice President Biden.”

 

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Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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