Two North Carolinians made a list of the most beautiful people in Washington. And both have worked with U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, a Lumberton Democrat.
Alyssa Dack, 24, a Duke graduate who serves as Rep. Mike McIntyres outreach coordinator, was named #7 on The Hills 50 Most Beautiful People list. And Andrew Simpson, 24, of Chapel Hill, has worked as a staff assistant for McIntrye and currently is a field organizer for the N.C. Democratic Party.
Hundreds of staffers, lobbyists and politicians were nominated for the closely watched list that is the source of endless water cooler talk around Washington.
Much of those discussions are likely about whether the about whether former Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, deserved to be on the list, let alone rank #10.
The Capitol Hill newspaper defended its choice citing Bachmanns upgraded look and wardrobe when she hit the national stage running for president. The New York Daily News reported last year that some women were asking their hairdressers to replicate Bachmanns look.
The Hill newspaper tries to keep the list bipartisan. Winners include 22 Democrats and 21 Republicans and seven others who identified themselves as Independents or unaffiliated with the two leading parties.
Dack, a native of Asheville, studied public policy, journalism and English at Duke University. The newspaper cited Dacks "rebellious spirit." She grew up surrounded by Republicans but emerged as a Democrat.
"I was just really stubborn and really determined to think for myself," she told the newspaper.
Simpson skateboards to work and likes to work out, the Hill newspaper points out. The son of a North Carolina pastor, Simpson says he tries to see both sides of political issues. But he leans left growing up in church and hearing his father talk about caring for the poor.
"My faith sort of translated to a more progressive side of the aisle, but Ive got to say, I think faith transcends politics and doesnt fall neatly within political lines," he told the newspaper.