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Norm, Darth Vader star at GOP party

Hollywood on the Potomac

“Cheers” star George Wendt posed for photos, and Capitol Hill veterans, journalists and lobbyists schmoozed and boozed at GOP strategist Ron Bonjean’s annual — and outrageous — holiday bash.

Bonjean, a partner at Singer Bonjean Strategies, and wife Sara are known for their legendary annual fete at their Alexandria, Va., home, which traditionally includes a secret celebrity guest. After offering a series of clues to ITK readers, Bonjean welcomed Wendt, known as Norm on the hit 1980’s comedy, to his packed soiree on Saturday.

{mosads}The low-key Wendt appeared to do his best Santa Claus-at-the-mall impression, as he took his place on a chair and guests lined up for a snapshot with him. “No one has sat on my lap yet though,” Wendt,  — also known for starring in the famed Chicago superfan (lover of “Da Bears”) sketch on “Saturday Night Live” — said after a partygoer likened him to Saint Nick.

Bonjean donned an eye-popping, floral-patterned metallic green jacket that he had custom-made at a local fabric store. Costumed characters, including Abraham Lincoln, Darth Vader from “Star Wars,” (who was following around Singer Bonjean Strategies partner Brian Walsh as part of a recurring party gag) and a pair of Las Vegas-style showgirls roamed the shindig, chatting up some of D.C.’s power players as Danish music blasted from Bonjean’s iPod into a sound system.

Among those eyed in the eclectic scene: Republican consultant (and official celeb guest greeter) Doug Heye; Rep. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) spokesman Michael Steel and wife Mary Kathryn; CNN’s Sam Feist, Matt Dornic, Alexandra Jaffe, Brianna Keilar, Brooke Baldwin, and Mark Preston; Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) spokesman Alex Conant, Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer and his wife, National Beer Wholesalers Association’s Rebecca Spicer; media consultant Tammy Haddad; Rick Klein, Jonathan Karl and Ali Weinberg of ABC News; Fox News Channel’s Shannon Bream; Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin; The Texas Tribune’s Abby Livingston; The Hill’s Justin Sink and Scott Wong; Susan G. Komen’s Kiki Burger and VICE contributor Tim Burger; Janet Donovan of Hollywood on the Potomac; U.S. News and World Report’s Nikki Schwab; Fox 5/WTTG-TV’s Sarah Simmons; PBS’s Nick Masella; lawyer Ben Ginsberg; National Republican Senatorial Committee executive director Rob Collins, Shockey Scofield Solutions’ John Scofield; and many more.

This story has been updated.

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