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Pamela Anderson, Mary Matalin to co-host PETA inaugural ball

An unlikely duo is teaming up for an inaugural ball honoring congressional lawmakers: “Baywatch” alum Pamela Anderson and conservative political strategist Mary Matalin.

The pair is poised to co-host a bash on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, held by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The “Animals’ Party” inaugural bash will “celebrate members of Congress involved in animal protection,” according to a Thursday news release from the animal rights group.

Democratic Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Dina Titus (Nev.),and Earl Blumenauer (Ore.), along with Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), are among those being recognized next Thursday in downtown Washington.


“People say that animals have no voice, but in Washington, PETA depends on the voices of ‘elephants,’ ‘donkeys,’ and even those with no party mascot,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.

Matalin — who’s married to Democratic commentator James Carville and who announced last year that she changed her party registration to Libertarian — was an assistant to former President George W. Bush and was former President George H.W. Bush’s campaign director. She was honored as PETA’s “Person of the Year” last year.

Former Playboy model Anderson is a longtime animal rights activist. In 2008, she visited Capitol Hill to lobby lawmakers against animal testing.

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