June 25, 2005

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON:

Tony Blair's son to work with US Republicans: report (AFP, 6/24/05)

Euan Blair is to spend three months unpaid with the Republican majority on the House of Representatives Committee on Rules, the Sunday Telegraph revealed.

He will reportedly be under the wing of Californian lawmaker David Dreier, the committee's chairman and a member of the lower House of Representatives for the Republican Party of US
President George W. Bush. [...]

Despite the warm relationship between centre-left Labour Party premier Blair and the rightwing Bush, the move astounded US opposition Democrats, traditionally closer to Labour.

"Working on the Rules Committee will be quite a learning process as it has always been one of the most partisan in the House," said Eric Burns, the communications director for congresswoman Louise Slaughter, the leading Democrat on the Rules Committee.

"It is extremely surprising that the son of a Labour prime minister would intern with the Republican majority staff on the committee," he told the paper.


Only if you don't pay a lick of attention to the world around you.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 25, 2005 8:46 PM
Comments

Here's some nice publicity for Dreier in a district the Democrats are targeting.

Careful, though -- Euan got picked up by the cops a few years ago staggering around in a drunken stupor in the streets of London. I hope he knows to behave himself.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 25, 2005 9:21 PM

Gosh, he'll be so out of place in the halls of Congress...

Posted by: oj at June 25, 2005 10:30 PM

Isn't Daley's son a defector as well?

Posted by: AML at June 25, 2005 10:33 PM

Every first year student knows you don't want to intern with losers.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at June 26, 2005 12:35 AM

OJ:

Yes, the point is that while many senators are self-important sots, the MSM will hammer any misbehavior for weeks. He's the son of the British p.m. and he works for Republicans. You think we'd ever hear the end of it?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 26, 2005 3:57 AM

Matt - If the MSM tried to work up any hammering for a drunken intern, they'd be mocked more than Durbin's attempted hammering over playing Christina Aguilera music to terrorists. And DC police won't stop people for staggering in a drunken stupor.

Posted by: pj at June 26, 2005 6:38 AM

Matt:

They couldn't even turn Bush's own daughters into much of a story.

Posted by: oj at June 26, 2005 8:39 AM

"between centre-left Labour Party premier Blair and the rightwing Bush"

Clearly the author's "rightwing Bush" is meant to be pejorative. Why not be factual and consistent? Why not, centre-right Republican president Bush?

Posted by: erp at June 26, 2005 9:31 AM

Matt, fortunately he's not interning for Teddy in the Senate.

Posted by: Genecis at June 26, 2005 10:08 AM

erp:

Because that would be wrong. It's Rightwing Bush and center-Right Blair.

Posted by: oj at June 26, 2005 10:32 AM

OJ:

Huh? That was the news for a week at least.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 26, 2005 1:03 PM

Genecis:

Let's just hope Euan never asks him for a ride.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 26, 2005 1:05 PM

pj:

For most interns, it wouldn't be a story. Tony Blair's kid is different. And I'm worried he might get caught doing something worse than just walking around in a stupor. I'm not trying to hound the poor guy, I just don't want to give the MSM any ammunition.

From Wikipedia (perhaps unreliable):

The incident for which Euan Blair has become best known was in 2000 when he was found drunk by police in the South-Eastern corner of Leicester Square at the age of 16, after a night celebrating his completion of his GCSEs with friends. After being taken to a police station, he gave the police a false name, an old address, and a false date of birth that would have made him 18 (the legal drinking age). This caused considerable embarrassment to Tony Blair, who had recently introduced measures to deal with young offenders. [...]

In 2002 a scandal (sometimes dubbed Cheriegate) was uncovered over Euan's mother, Cherie Booth, using allegedly under-hand methods to acquire two flats for him and his guards to live in Bristol. The Liberal Democrats later described these as "one [flat] to sleep in and one to party". [...]

In 2003, The Telegraph reported that he had driven into a taxi. Nobody was hurt, but he was reportedly walking around in shock, saying "My mum's going to kill me".

By the way, does anyone know how you correctly pronounce "Euan"?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 26, 2005 1:15 PM

a week? Wow.

Posted by: oj at June 26, 2005 1:36 PM

Matt:
U'in

Posted by: Dave W. at June 26, 2005 11:36 PM
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