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In advertising, as with real estate, location is everything. Just ask Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio).
A series of Web ads that Ney’s reelection campaign is running on the website of the Dover Times Reporter depict the sixth term congressman in a plaid shirt conversing with an elderly man.

In advertising, as with real estate, location is everything. Just ask Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio).

A series of Web ads that Ney’s reelection campaign is running on the website of the Dover Times Reporter depict the sixth term congressman in a plaid shirt conversing with an elderly man.

“Working hard to make lives better,” it says, before exhorting readers to volunteer for Ney.

Only problem was, yesterday’s ad ran smack in the middle of the paper’s story on the guilty verdict of former Bush administration official David Safavian.

Directly above the ad, the story states, “Rep. Bob Ney, R-Heath, is under investigation as part of the federal probe.

“Four others, including Ney’s former chief of staff-turned-lobbyist Neil Volz, also have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with prosecutors.”

Ney spokesman Brian Walsh said the ad appears on every news story in the paper this week.

He said that last week the campaign ran an ad directing readers to another site, www.lostinzackspace.com, which lampoons Ney’s Democratic opponent, attorney Zack Space.

“It highlights the fact that Zack is unable to take positions on any important issues without talking to [Reps.] Rahm Emanuel [D-Ill.] and Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.],” said Walsh.

Thus, a cartoon on the site shows Space taking his spaceship to visit Chicago and San Francisco, among other “liberal” cities.

Walsh said the ad buy generated 10,000 hits to the website.


Pryce-backed film premieres

“A Lion in the House,” a documentary film promoted by the charity created by Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), made its debut on PBS last night. It will air again tonight.

The film follows five families over six years as they deal with childhood cancer.

Pryce lost her own daughter, Caroline, to cancer in 1999. That experience led her and her husband to found Hope Street Kids, an organization that aims to promote research, education and advocacy for victims of childhood cancer.

Hope Street and the Lance Armstrong Foundation are among several nonprofit organizations that signed on to promote the movie and its message.

Pryce also participated yesterday in the Gold Ribbon Days rally on the Capitol steps to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

A resolution she sponsored to encourage awareness and increased investment in pediatric cancer was expected to pass the House on suspension last night.


She’ll walk circles around you

Guys, if you want to hang out with a woman whose biceps are bigger than yours, then noon tomorrow behind the Russell Building is the time and place for you.

There, celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels of “The Biggest Loser” fame kicks off the fourth annual WalkingWorks Capitol Hill Challenge with a 30-minute walk around the Hill.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and the Congressional Fitness Caucus are behind the event, which means we’ll likely see Reps. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), the caucus’s chairmen, trying to match Ms. Michaels step for step.

The walk, along with a health fair at C Street Park that runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., begins a six-week competition between the House and Senate to see which side of the Hill can walk more steps. Members and staffers, pedometers firmly in place on their belts, can register online and report their mileage.

Even more notable names are coming to the Hill to promote healthcare advances tonight as well.

The Advanced Medical Technology Association, which represents medical-device manufacturers, is bringing multiple Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair, former NBA player Fred Hoiberg, former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and Miss America 1995 Heather Whitestone McCallum to Dirksen G-50 tonight from 5 to 7 p.m.

All are part of a photo exhibit featuring 26 individuals whose lives were saved or improved with medical devices.


Ackerman says ‘Shhhh!’

Here’s an earmark we can all get behind: a little peace and quiet.

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), in a move his office assures is not an attempt “to blow his own horn, let alone any other horn,” slipped $250,000 into the treasury, transportation and HUD appropriations bill last week to shut Queens up a little bit.

The funds will go toward improvements at the railroad crossing of the Long Island Railroad and the Little Neck Parkway in Queens, a spot that sees some 100 trains per day. Each train is required to blast its horn 15 to 20 seconds before its arrival with two long bursts, one short burst and one prolonged burst.

This happens “oftentimes late at night and early in the morning, destroying the surrounding community’s quality of life,” said Ackerman.

Increased safety measures will mean fewer horn blasts, he said: “People near the railroad will finally be able to sleep at night and enjoy their weekends without train horns blaring constantly.”

Silence is golden.


Rowland: Do as I say, not as I do

Former congressman and Connecticut Gov. John Rowland (R), who spent 10 months in prison and four months confined to his home for public corruption, is about to embark on a public-speaking career.

The topic of his July 1 address to the 2006 Scholar Athlete Games, according to the Hartford Courant, is something he knows a thing or two about: “The perils of abusing power.”

The paper reports that Rowland will join former President Bill Clinton, former Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine) and Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly in addressing the athletes in Kingston, R.I.

But it gets better. Rowland, who’s still a member in good standing of the House Republican Chowder and Marching Club, may become “part of a stable of motivational speakers who ran afoul of the law.”

Ohio-based agent Gary Zeune, who runs the “world’s only speakers bureau for white-collar criminals,” said Rowland is near to signing a speaking contract with him.


Dippy-doo, dunkeroo in Florida’s 13th

ESPN’s Dick Vitale, the well-known mouth of college hoops, isn’t a terribly political guy. “People call on me for my name,” he said. “I stay away.”

But Vitale not only has endorsed Republican Vern Buchanan to succeed Rep. Katherine Harris (R) in Florida’s 13th District but threw a $500-per-head fundraiser for him Monday night.

Buchanan “made a lot of money but never forgot where he came from,” Vitale told the Bradenton Herald.

A Buchanan spokesman told The Hill that because “Vitale knows Vern he said he would do all he could and was kind enough to open up his home.”

Buchanan has competition from four other Republicans in the primary: Tramm Hudson, Mark Flanagan, Nancy Detert and Donna Clarke.

But the National Republican Congressional Committee thought enough of the endorsement to mention it in its daily “Blog Across the Nation” e-mail blast.