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Ew! Get a ROOM! But Senators Have their Own Nooky Hideaways

4 June 2007 at 1:32:08 PM

Blech. Shouldn't Senators who are banging side pieces when not voting or meeting with their constituents have the decency (hmmm, decency isn't the right word, is it?) to go down the street to the local $25 motel and do their monkey business there? Instead of IN THE CAPITOL? It doesn't sound like these rooms are the equivalent, say, of a teacher's lounge.

And what's with the references to Mitch McConnell? Is the writer trying to say he's not just a whip but perhaps using one?

Hideaway "spaces were highly coveted by the powerful, and particularly by the playful," Bobby Baker, an aide to Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, wrote in his book, "Wheeling and Dealing: Confessions of a Capitol Hill Operator." Johnson served in the Senate from 1949 until he was sworn in as vice president in 1961.

Johnson - and others - used their hideaways for more than legislative affairs, said another former LBJ aide.

"He frequently turned his hideaway into a love nest," Robert Parker said in his memoir, "Capitol Hill in Black and White." "He would invite a woman there at the end of the day to 'take dictation.'"

Parker, who eventually became the Senate Dining Room's head waiter, had keys to all the hideaways in use at the time. He would check the "escape rooms" before lunch to make sure they were stocked with wine and cocktail glasses, ice, fresh flowers and whatever else he thought senators wanted or needed.

Parker said senators' wives often asked him where their husband's hideaways were.

He said he would smile politely and feign ignorance. But "we both knew her husband was using his hideaway for more than lunch. So were a lot of other senators."

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