Valentine's Day special....
Just ran into Jean Hastert, the wife of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) in the hallway outside the speakers' Capitol office suite. She just dropped in on her husband.
It's a rare D.C. appearence for Mrs. Hastert. She was here a few weeks ago for President Bush's State of the Union address. She was off to an afternoon tea, at an ambassador's residence, sponsored by some international group.
When in Washington, the speaker lives in a group house with his chief of staff, Scott Palmer and top deputy, Mike Stokke.
I asked her if she is bunking with the guys.
She is not. She stays in a hotel.
As we parted from our brief encounter, Mrs. Hastert said to me, ``write good things.''
I said something like it's not always possible. I mumbled a bit about how her husband has gotten peeved with me.
In my business, I said, they ``shoot the messenger.''
Filed from the Senate Press Gallery.