Sotomayor domain name on sale for $5K

A cybersquatter is looking to cash in on the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, asking $5,000 for the rights to soniasotomayor.com.

The seller, seeking to remain anonymous, registered the domain name through Domains by Proxy Inc. a couple weeks after President Obama defeated Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Memo: Trump's strengths complicate election picture Mark Kelly: Arizona Senate race winner should be sworn in 'promptly' Cindy McCain: Trump allegedly calling war dead 'losers' was 'pretty much' last straw before Biden endorsement MORE (R-Ariz.) last fall.

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There is still a lot of time to make a bid, according to a posting on the seller’s page on godaddy.com. The auction won’t conclude until Aug. 25 — unless, of course, the price is right before then.

Soon after Obama announced his nomination of Sotomayor, the domain name soniasotomayer.com was snatched up. It’s unclear what that is going for, but probably a lot less than $5,000.

The seller of soniasotomayor.com notes that “this is the correct spelling.”



Issa, Stephanopoulos have different recollections


In a recent interview with The Hill, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) recalled the story of how George Stephanopoulos tried to keep him out of the White House 16 years ago.

During the Clinton administration in 1993, Issa — who was not in Congress at the time — was invited to the White House with other business leaders to make the pitch for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“So I arrived at the White House, and my people were already in there, but my name wasn’t on the list,” Issa explained. “I call my people on those big Motorola cell phones we all had back then and said, ‘I’m locked out, I can’t get in.’ ”

Issa subsequently got behind the gates by joining another group that had just arrived.

But then he said he ran into a roadblock in Stephanopoulos.

“I remember that the high-ranking person who had said, ‘No, he can’t get in, his name isn’t on the list’ was relatively short and Greek. At least that’s my memory at this point,” Issa said.

Stephanopoulos, however, is sure that it wasn’t him.

The ABC newsman laughed, telling ITK on Monday that his duties back then did not include checking names on lists.

“I like the congressman,” Stephanopoulos said, “but [that story] is kind of silly.”



Giant congressional candidate ‘awkward’


Imagine the following scenario: You’re running for Congress in one of the top races in the country, and all of a sudden, a damning photo of you is posted on a blog.

Arizona Republican Jesse Kelly has experienced it, and his secret is out: He’s a foot and a half taller than his wife.

Kelly, who is running for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s (D-Ariz.) seat, is featured this month on akwardfamilyphotos.com, a priceless compendium of family photographs that are, for one reason or another, well, awkward.

Kelly, at 6 feet 8 inches, towers over his 5-foot-2 wife, who is holding their small baby boy. The size difference is even more striking than you might think when you actually see the picture (Google “awkwardfamilyphotos” and “big love”).

“It’s been brought to my attention,” Kelly said. “I’ve had that link forwarded to me from several supporters.”

The 27-year-old Marine combat veteran insists he found the photo amusing. Perhaps less amusing was the caption beneath the photo: “The only thing more awkward than this photo had to be the night the baby was conceived.”

McCain is tops on Twitter


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has the most Twitter followers in the upper chamber, while Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) has the most in the House, according to tweetcongress.org.

ITK loves following lawmaker Tweets, but a review of their followers shows that Twittering on Capitol Hill generally divides members into two camps: those who seek to boost their numbers and those who have better things to do.

As one of the most recognizable politicians in the world, McCain doesn’t need to convince people to sign up for his Tweets. But others do.

For example, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on May 15 Tweeted, “I am 35 followers short of 2,000..... Who will be 2000th? 2000th gets a call from me.”

Polis’s pushing did the trick. At press time, Polis had 2,239 followers.

But some legislators just do their Tweets and if others don’t follow, so be it.

Members who have fewer than 200 followers include Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinFeinstein 'surprised and taken aback' by suggestion she's not up for Supreme Court fight Grand jury charges no officers in Breonna Taylor death Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court MORE (D-Ill.) and Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.). Regardless, ITK applauds all members who Twitter and calls on the rest: What are you waiting for?

Even though Democrats control Washington, the most popular Twitterers are Republicans.

Here is a list of the members with the most followers:

Senate

1) John McCain (R-Ariz.) 687,910

2) Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Democratic-linked group runs ads in Kansas GOP Senate primary Trump mocked for low attendance at rally MORE (D-Mo.) 25,062

3) Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) 18,068

4) Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Ginsburg lies in repose Top GOP senators say Hunter Biden's work 'cast a shadow' over Obama Ukraine policy Read: Senate GOP's controversial Biden report MORE (R-Iowa) 9,327

5) Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Harris launch Trump offensive in first joint appearance Bottom line Polls show big bounce to Biden ahead of Super Tuesday MORE (D-Calif.) 8,549

6) Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats call for declassifying election threats after briefing by Trump officials It's time to upgrade benefits Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings MORE (D-Va.) 7,603

7) Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) 6,175

8) Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnCOVID response shows a way forward on private gun sale checks Inspector general independence must be a bipartisan priority in 2020 Congress must protect federal watchdogs MORE (R-Okla.) 5,068

9) Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDemocrats sound alarm on possible election chaos Trump, facing trouble in Florida, goes all in NASA names DC headquarters after agency's first Black female engineer Mary W. Jackson MORE (D-Fla.) 4,783

10) John Ensign (R-Nev.) 4,555

House

1) John Culberson (R-Texas) 11,685

2) John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLongtime House parliamentarian to step down Five things we learned from this year's primaries Bad blood between Pelosi, Meadows complicates coronavirus talks MORE (R-Ohio) 11,181

3) Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) 10,135

4) Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Hill's Campaign Report: Florida hangs in the balance Eric Cantor teams up with former rival Dave Brat in supporting GOP candidate in former district Bottom line MORE (R-Va.) 8,837

5) Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) 7,364

6) Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE (R-Utah) 5,358

7) Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) 5,203

8)Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannEvangelicals shouldn't be defending Trump in tiff over editorial Mellman: The 'lane theory' is the wrong lane to be in White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations MORE (R-Minn.) 4,702

9) Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) 4,456

10) Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) 4,243




Former Rep. Sandlin a crowd favorite


Former Rep. Max Sandlin (D-Texas) may no longer be in Congress, but he was popular at last Thursday night’s date and networking auction fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

More than 100 people packed the top floor of the Capitol Hill bar Molly Malone, cheering and screaming to support their friends who braved possible embracement and humiliation and ventured onto the auction block.

Sandlin drew the top bid in Thursday night’s networking auction, going for $1,000. The bidding for Sandlin started at a furious pace, and within seconds, the price rose to $500. A voice from the back of the bar screamed, “I am not going to let you go down, buddy. I love you.”

Sandlin, who is married to Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), made clear that his date would be the networking kind, not the hookup kind.

The event was put on by Sarah Milligan, a former executive assistant for Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) who works at the National Association of Broadcasters.

Milligan is in the midst of a 10-week campaign to raise the most money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The woman who raises the most money is deemed the group’s Woman of the Year.

Milligan’s goal is $40,000. Going into Thursday night, Milligan estimated that she had raised $31,000.

In 1994, Milligan’s mother was diagnosed with blood cancer and told that she had less than a 20 percent chance of survival.

Milligan mother enrolled in a clinical trial at Washington University in St. Louis, which eventually saved her life. Today, the type of cancer Milligan’s mother suffered from has a survival rate of 85 percent.

Milligan said the reason she is working to raise money is because “research works. It saved my mother’s life. The fun we are having here may provide the funding for research that someday saves someone else’s life.”

To make a contribution, go to http://nca.llsevent.org/pledge/pledge_search.cfm?errflag=1&mid=MILLIGAN.