Reid nearly upstaged by Miss District of Columbia

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was nearly interrupted Tuesday afternoon by a beauty queen as he gave a press conference with four other senators in the Senate Radio and TV Gallery.

Thankfully the young lady, Miss District of Columbia Stephanie Williams, avoided stealing Reid's thunder.

Reid was speaking to reporters at about 2:45 p.m. when Williams, who was visiting the Capitol with D.C. shadow senator Paul Strauss (D), walked into the first door of the gallery. Strauss quickly realized what was going on inside, and he and Williams (shown here) left in a hurry.

"The last thing Reid needed was to interrupted by a beautiful young woman wearing a tiara," Strauss told ITK. "After all, the pageant is in Las Vegas, so we'd like to keep the goodwill going between D.C. and Nevada."

Reid was joined at the press conference by Democratic Sens. Jeff Bingaman (N.M.), John Kerry (Mass.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), and Bob Menendez (N.J.)

Judging by reporters' reactions a few minutes later to Williams's arrival in the nearby Senate Daily Gallery, the lawmakers are lucky they never crossed paths with her.