by Kevin Allman
Clooney. Pitt. Bieber. Richmond.
That's according to the Washington news source The Hill, which continues the trend of the D.C. press corps emulating TMZ by naming New Orleans' own Rep. Cedric Richmond as one of its "50 Most Beautiful People for 2011."
(Insert swoon! here.)
So why is Richmond such a dreamboat? Take it away, Kris Kitto of The Hill, and don't spare the slobber:
For a team player like Richmond, partisan Washington has been a difficult adjustment — “the lack of cooperation is just frustrating” — but Richmond is focused on doing the same things that have kept him grounded throughout his life. He tries to get back to New Orleans for his Thursday night basketball games, and he attends many youth sporting events, both to show support and touch base with his constituents. And, as a junior member of the Democrats’ ball team, he does much of the grunt work, following coaches’ directions and carrying the equipment.
We also hear about Richmond's facility in playing T-ball, softball and basketball, as well as working with youth leagues. (It could be worse: the profile of one legislative aide contains the information "She recently made duckie cupcakes for a friend’s birthday, using doughnut holes for the birds’ heads and diagonally cut marshmallows for their tails. They were a hit.")
Given the level of gush in all the profiles (seriously, People magazine might have said "You could pull back a little"), obviously our freshman Democrat representative needs a proper celebrity nickname to go with his new beautiful-person status. C-Rich? Ced-R? Cedric the Electortainer?
(h/t Chamo de los Rios)