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Mr. and Mrs. Lantos: “Sizzlingest”

By rgordon
Thursday, April 19th, 2007 at 5:56 pm in Uncategorized.

Any number of words may come to mind when thinking about 79-year-old U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, who has represented much of San Mateo County in Congress since 1981.

But we bet “sizzlingest” isn’t one of them.

Tom and Annette LantosThe May issue of Washington Monthly magazine has named Lantos and his wife of nearly 57 years, Annette, one of “Washington’s 60 Sizzlingest Power Couples.”

The unranked list includes the obvious picks of James Carville and Mary Matalin, the Democratic and Republican strategists, respectively, and former (and potentially repeat) White House dwellers President Bill Clinton and U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.

There are also a handful of the “oh, I didn’t know they were married” couples, such as Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve and Andrea Mitchell, the chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News. Or U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, D-Ky., the former majority whip, and U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.

The list is mostly filled with lobbyists, news editors and high-ups at think tanks. But among them are Tom and Annette, who were childhood sweethearts growing up in Budapest.

Lantos is noted for his role as the chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Annette is the executive director of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus (CHRC).

“He cofounded the CHRC in 1983,” Nick Baumann and Oliver Haydock wrote as reason for the pick. “Both are Hungarian Jews who escaped the Nazi occupation together as children.”

The sizzlingest couple have two daughters and 17 grandchildren.

By the way, we couldn’t help but notice that there was one Washington couple conspicuously missing from the list: President George and First Lady Laura Bush.

Previously: Unfazed by new “watch,” and other Lantos musings

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