Photo by Diane Rice.
It’s that time again: when we DC nerds start speculating about where the new congressmen will hang out and live.
Yes, we realize that this might be high-class behavior from an adult who’s never gotten past his model of the UN days to speculate where future lawmakers will spend time, but this is as close as you can get to real-world celebrity, OK? Let’s loosen something up.
So here is a list of our totally unscientific, totally speculative guesses as to where some of the new members of Congress will live. And of course, if you’re spying on them along the way, make sure you warn DC’s version of DeuxMoi – Playbook.
What will be the funniest and/or least surprising place Fetterman will be spotted in DC?
My vote is showtime. Appears to be a lock.
— Jason Shevrin (@jasonshevrin) November 9, 2022
The new Democratic senator from Pennsylvania has generally eschewed standard political moves: as lieutenant governor, he and his family declined to move into the Harrisburg mansion reserved for his position, instead living at their home in Braddock. And you’ll often find him in cargo shorts and Dickie shirts rather than a suit and tie. This could mean that he would move away from the standard Capitol Hill residence of your usual DC political type. (And no, it doesn’t fit in the basement of Capitol Hill Books.)
Of course, it’s likely that Fetterman will continue to make Braddock his full-time home since it’s only a four-hour drive from DC. But where will he be in the area? That’s a bit tricky – there are many places where we could see him settling: H Street or Bloomingdale for example.
But we also got a glimpse of Fetterman spending time in Mount Pleasant: the neighborhood’s funky, laid-back vibe seems to reflect Fetterman’s ethos. The politician appears to be a fan of grunge rock and metal, so may be hanging out at Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, owned by employees of local punk label Dischord Records. He also reportedly enjoys nature walks and might explore the nearby trails along Rock Creek Park. And if Fetterman decides to get more tattoos, it would be an easy walk to many of the ink studios at nearby Adams Morgan.
One thing is certain though: wherever he lands, his home must have high ceilings. Fetterman stands at six feet, eight inches.
The new member of the House of Representatives from Florida is the first Gen Z politician in Congress. Which brings us to an important question: Will Frost go through the usual rite of passage for 20-year-olds moving to the District, aka living in a Columbia Heights group home?
listen to us If Frost moved to Columbia Heights, the music lover and drummer would be able to walk to shows at the 9:30 Club, and he’d be within walking distance of bars like Wonderland Ballroom and Red Derby, where many 25-year-old DC residents ended up living one evening at 2 a.m. Also, he’s unlikely to be bringing the yellow Kia Soul he used to drive for Uber in, so living on the Columbia Heights Metro would be a plus. (You don’t have to become one of those politicians who drives everywhere in an SUV.)
And sure, while he saw The 1975 in the anthem, we just can’t imagine him living in the Wharf, aka one of the rumored headquarters for young Republicans (along with Mission Navy Yard, of course).
The incoming Senator from Ohio and Backwoods Elegy The author currently resides in a $1.4 million, 5,000-square-foot Victorian Gothic-style home in Cincinnati, according to the New York Times.
The home is also apparently in a liberal-leaning neighborhood called East Walnut Hills, according to Slate, which describes it as “decked with Pride flags” and full of cafes that sell “nut-free granola out of concern for allergies” and advertise “its organic ingredients.” will be delivered in electric vehicles.” Saying all of this — not exactly the kind of attitude you would expect to find someone who has become the spokesman for Trump’s far-right rhetoric.
So maybe he would be more comfortable in McLean. It has the lavish, grand McMansions that Vance has become accustomed to, but the politics could be more in line with his own — after all, 55 percent of McLean’s precinct voted for Trump in the 2020 election.