Newspaper article Roll Call

Maloney Hosts Soiree to Bolster Former Colleagues' Book

Newspaper article Roll Call

Maloney Hosts Soiree to Bolster Former Colleagues' Book

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After some partisan drama on the House floor on July 9, some members of Congress spent the evening learning about how to get along from their predecessors, while simultaneously snacking on some finger foods.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., hosted an event at her Capitol Hill digs to bring attention to, "The Partisan Divide," a book written by two former congressional adversaries: Reps. Tom Davis, R- Va., and Martin Frost, D-Texas, along with journalist Richard E. Cohen.

"Martin Frost and Tom Davis are very good friends," Maloney told HOH. "And they were both giants in their party. The fact that they came together to write this book on how we can work better, how we can get things done, reasons for the partisan divide. I think it's very meaningful."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., were on hand at the party, which took place at Maloney's home just a few blocks from the Capitol.

"They may have been on other teams, but after the game was over, they came together and acted and worked in [the] best interest of our country," Hoyer told the politicians gathered in Maloney's living room. Later, as Davis was describing the book and explaining one of their recommendations, to bring back earmarks, Hoyer chimed in, "Did I tell you what a great guy Tom Davis is?"

The earmarks recommendation drew applause from the crowd of mainly Democrats, with Pelosi clarifying they are "congressionally designated priorities."

At least one Republican lawmaker was at the party. House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., caught up with Davis as he balanced a plate of appetizers on his copy of "The Partisan Divide."

The books were laid out on a table toward the front of the living room, and Davis and Frost obliged a few partygoers by signing copies. For Maloney, the event was a way to help her friends get some publicity for their work. …

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