Say hello to CQ Roll Call‘s on call advice blogger Rebecca Gale. She writes the “Hill Navigator” advice column for those who want to better understand the ins and outs of Capitol Hill. As a former press secretary to the likes of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa.), Chris Carney (D-Pa.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and several years now at CQ Roll Call, she’s intimately acquainted with her subject matter. The highly educated Gale went to undergrad at Miami of Ohio University and Johns Hopkins for grad school. Royal baby news aside, one other piece of news about Gale: She’s expecting her first child, a boy, in mid-August. Already some nine months into her pregnancy, she will soon depart for maternity leave. Very soon, in fact. So let’s get this interview started.
If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Perrier. In a glass bottle, not plastic.
How often do you Google yourself? Lately not often. I’m more likely to google “Hill Navigator”
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? I once told a book editor that something was “your problem, not mine” and he calmly responded by saying it was my name on the cover, so I’d better fix it.
You have an intriguing name. What is the story behind it? My parents like biblical names. And Gale is easy to spell. Not sure if that qualifies as intriguing, but it works for me. Coming up with a good name is much harder than it seems.
Who is your favorite working journalist and why? There are some fantastic Roll Call alums out there–NPR’s Scott Montgomery and USA Today’s Paul Singer are two of my favorites.
Do you have a favorite word? Unlikely.
Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Kate Bolduan, CNN’s Chris Cuomo or CNN’s Michaela Perera? Tell us why. Whomever has better restaurant taste–I don’t follow CNN closely enough to discern who’d be the better conversationalist.
We understand you’re expecting a baby. With your husband. But the Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it by having another child after this one’s delivered. You will spend a romantic evening with “Morning Joe” regular Harold Ford Jr., Anthony Weiner or Eliot Spitzer. Who will it be and why? (None is not an option.) Weiner. All he’d want to do is look at pictures.
What swear word do you use most often? Damn.
You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) I’d include someone who can speak to the “real” issues in Washington, D.C.–the city–not just the political entity. Washington Post “Lunchline” author Clinton Yates comes to mind, as does Roll Call “After Dark” editor Jason Dick. Also Armando Trull from WAMU who is always reporting live from esoteric beltway locations. I’d make sure to include a Member of Congress who is not in the usual roundup of talk show suspects–they’d be more likely to say something interesting. The ones laden with talking points and platitudes say the same things over again. And one of my first guests would be my former boss, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.