By Betsy Rothstein - 03/18/08 05:46 PM EDT
Calling Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.): Actress Janine Turner, who starred on “Northern Exposure” and “Strong Medicine,” would be your surrogate anytime, anyplace.
Just think, she could be your Chuck Norris (who was often attached to the hip of former GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee). She could be in the camera’s line of vision behind your head of silky, flaxen Washington hair. She could espouse your Republican views.
“Oh yes, I called the other day and told McCain, ‘I’m ready to rock ‘n’ roll and do whatever you need me to do,’ ” she said in a phone interview with ITK.
Turner, an unabashed fan of President Bush, was appointed to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in October of 2006 (which she says is just a fancy way of saying the council on volunteerism).
“Oh, I’m definitely in the minority,” the starlet says of her GOP views amongst the Hollywood crowd. “But that’s OK. I heard a congressman say on Fox News, ‘America is like an eagle, and it takes a right wing and a left wing to fly.’ ”
Turner said she watches Fox News more than any other network. “Now Democrats won’t come to my signing,” she sighs, mentioning her Thursday appearance at Trover’s, where she plans to discuss her first book, Holding Her Head High: Inspiration From 12 Single Mothers who Championed Their Children and Changed History.
Turner, a single mother of a 10-year-old daughter, wants to inspire single mothers and give them hope. She chose 12 women in history who were single mothers in one form or another. In Turner’s case, the baby’s father left eight months into her pregnancy. She chose women from medieval times; she also chose Abigail Adams, a wartime “single” mother because her husband, John, was gone much of the time.
“We talk about forefathers all the time, but we don’t talk about foremothers,” Turner said.
In 2002, the actress left Hollywood to live what she described as a more normal existence in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She and her daughter now live in Manhattan.
“I’m seeing what God’s plan is,” she said, mentioning an upcoming Lifetime movie, “Primal Doubts,” in which she plays a writer who is accused of murder.
Clinton goes mute on Geraldine Ferraro
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) does not want to talk about Geraldine Ferraro. She really doesn’t want to talk about her. She really, really doesn’t want to talk about her.
In fact, one can ask her four times in four different ways — and we did — about the woman who served on her campaign’s finance committee, and not so much as a facial muscle will twitch. Certainly her lips didn’t move and no sound came out. She appeared busy in the basement of the Capitol reading something flashing on her BlackBerry screen.
The mustard-colored blazer emerged from an elevator. She turned and smiled, not at ITK, but for the Getty camera. She must not have been thinking about Ferraro’s remark that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is lucky to be black, which led to Ferraro’s resignation.
One last plea: Sen. Clinton, if your response was merely delayed, you can e-mail it to Betsyr@thehill.com.
Altmire ‘fine with being 40’
Aides gift him $15 certificate
Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) celebrated his 40th birthday last week with a “little dinner party” with family and friends in his Pennsylvania home.
How does the congressman feel about his new age?
“I’m fine with being 40,” he said, noting that because he “looks so young” people usually guess him to be younger than his age.
One highlight of his birthday celebration was a present from his staffers. They gave him a $15 gift certificate to the cloakroom. He plans to use it for food.
“Now I have $15 worth of sandwiches from the cloakroom,” he said happily, mentioning that cloakroom workers told him that his is the first gift certificate the cloakroom has issued in 30 years.
Tess Mullen, Altmire’s spokeswoman, said she doesn’t recall who came up with the novel idea of a cloakroom gift certificate (certainly it couldn’t have been too hard for each staffer to cough up a dollar or two).
“We just wanted to mark the occasion with a minor thank-you to our boss,” she said.
Political reporters to celebrate ‘Client No. 9’ story by drinking at Mayflower Hotel
McClatchy reporters put out the word last week that they will clink glasses this Thursday at the Mayflower, the same hotel where “George Fox” dropped $4,300 on “Kristen” in Room 871.
“Thank you, Eliot Spitzer, for giving us an excuse to drink,” wrote McLatchy’s Washington correspondent Halimah Abdullah in an e-mail to fellow scribes, calling on D.C.’s young reporters to meet at the Town and Country Bar for “drinks and snide commentary” at 7 p.m.
Senators spotted with Band-Aids on their faces
Three senators were spotted with Band-Aids in unusual places late last week. They include Sens. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).
Stevens had a small round Band-Aid on his right cheek; Rockefeller’s was also small and on his right cheek; and Coburn’s was worn behind his left ear.
Stevens’s protective patch was the result of a precancerous growth that doctors had chipped off. “I was a lifeguard in college and law school in Manhattan Beach,” he said, offering a more historical explanation for the sun he got and the growth that eventually followed.
On a favorable note, he said, he saved lives in his lifeguard gig.