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Akers Casts Shadow Over New Roll Call

Like breast enhancements, makeovers can come with kinks, and sometimes leaking occurs.

Such is the case on today’s revamped Roll Call Web site in which WaPo’s Mary Ann Akers‘s HOH item from 2004 is the third “Most Popular” item. As many know, Akers used to write HOH. She is allegedly returning to her Sleuth column at WaPo next month.

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See the #3 winning item after the jump…


Sitting in a Tree
By Mary Ann Akers
Roll Call Staff
June 10, 2004, 12 a.m.

Granholm Says SheÂ’d Be an ‘Unconventional’ Supreme Court Pick
Sorry, guys. The newest, most eligible bachelorette in Congress appears to be off the market.

Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D), who just won the special South Dakota election, had a boyfriend waiting for her on Capitol Hill when she arrived last week.

He’s Democratic Rep. Max Sandlin, a four-term Texan.

The couple met during Herseth’s failed 2002 election bid against then-Rep. Bill Janklow (R-S.D.), who recently was released from prison for his second-degree manslaughter conviction. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has its own version of a “big buddy” program, appointed Sandlin to be Herseth’s mentor during that campaign.

Maybe the DCCC should have a match-making business on the side?

“Representative Herseth and Representative Sandlin met during the last election cycle. They remained friends after the 2002 election and have had a relationship for approximately a year,” her spokesman, Russ Levsen, told HOH.

Sandlin, who is divorced with four children, also worked hard to campaign and raise money for his girlfriend during her winning campaign against GOP state Sen. Larry Diedrich in the June 1 special election.

He said having just arrived in Washington, the new Congresswoman has not found permanent housing yet. For now, he said, she’s staying at the Capitol Suites.

But Herseth, 33, and Sandlin, 52, were seen Wednesday morning in front of Sandlin’s apartment building near D and First streets Southeast.

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