By Judy Kurtz
When we inquired whether she looked to Gisele Bundchen or Tyra Banks for some fashion-forward inspiration, the House Republican Conference chairwoman revealed she already had a strategy in mind: “I’ll focus on the kid.”
Good move. Luckily for the congresswoman, Cole was a natural. The blond cutie, who has Down Syndrome and served as the gala’s 2013 Ambassador, smiled, waved, and blew kisses to the crowd as the pair made their way down the runway.
And McMorris Rogers wasn’t the only lawmaker putting her catwalk-sashaying skills to the test. Also spotted working it at the fashion show: Reps. Jim MoranJim MoranTen House seats Dems hope Trump will tilt The Hill's 12:30 Report Big names free to lobby in 2016 MORE (D-Va.), Viriginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and his son, Alex, (who chose to be escorted down the runway by two cheerleaders that bestowed kisses on the cheek of the high schooler), Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Rob WittmanRob WittmanVulnerable Republican asks to pause his pay until House completes budget Overnight Defense: Lawmakers aim to halt troop cuts, base closures in defense bill House Armed Services subpanel rejects new round of base closures MORE (R-Va.) and Chris StewartChris StewartTensions rise over land in the age of Obama Overnight Energy: GOP senators push to block climate fund money GOP lawmakers hit EPA on coal, mine waste spill MORE (R-Utah).
Photo: McMorris Rodgers' son, Cole, works it on the runway at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation gala. / Credit: Jeremy McKnight
This story has been updated.