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Brothers field C-SPAN call from tough viewer: Mom

Brothers Brad and Dallas Woodhouse, on opposite ends of the political spectrum, received a scolding from an unlikely caller during a live C-SPAN appearance on Tuesday: their mother.

Brad, former Democratic National Committee communications director, and Dallas, founder of the Republican-boosting Carolina Rising, were guests on “Washington Journal” when host Steve Scully opened the conversation up to the phone lines.

{mosads}“We’ll go to Joy, in Raleigh, North Carolina,” Scully said.

“Hey, somebody from down South!” Dallas Woodhouse exclaimed.

“Well, you’re right I’m from down South,” the caller replied forcefully, before Woodhouse’s facial expression transformed from grinning to mock (we think?) horror.

“Oh God, it’s mom,” he said to brother Brad.

“I’m your mother,” Joy Woodhouse confirmed, in a thick North Carolina accent. “And I disagree that all families are like ours. I don’t know many families that are fighting at Thanksgiving.”

Then Mrs. Woodhouse went in for the real zinger: “I was very glad that this Thanksgiving was a year that you two were supposed to go to your in-laws.”

She continued, “I’m hoping you’ll have some of this out of your system when you come here for Christmas. I would really like a peaceful Christmas. And I love you both.”

“This was not planned,” Scully assured C-SPAN viewers. “She called in on the normal line.” He asked, “But since you did call in, Mrs. Woodhouse, what’s it been like to raise these two boys?”

“Well, it hasn’t been easy,” she responded.

“No truer words have ever been said,” Dallas Woodhouse laughed. “We love you, Mom.”

Describing herself as a registered Democrat who has left her ticket before, Woodhouse told Scully, “They’re both very passionate about what they believe in, and I love that about them. But I hope that they just kind of get this out of their system today on your program.”

“That is wishful thinking,” Brad Woodhouse chuckled.

The partisan pair recently appeared in a documentary together, “Woodhouse Divided,” about growing up on opposite ends of the political spectrum.


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