Lantos and wife ‘sizzle,’ f’shizzle

tom-and-annette.jpgWashington Monthly has just run down “Washington’s 60 Sizzlingest Power Couples,” and guess who makes the list: House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, and his wife, Annette.

Tom Lantos: U.S. congressman (D-Calif.), and chair, House Committee on Foreign Relations
Annette Lantos: executive director, Congressional Human Rights Caucus (CHRC)
He cofounded the CHRC in 1983. Both are Hungarian Jews who escaped the Nazi occupation together as children.

Perhaps flexing some of this power, Lantos will host a public forum on challenges and opportunities in U.S. efforts to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide from 2 to 4 p.m. next Friday, April 27 in the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St. (at Grove).

“The San Francisco Bay Area knows the devastation of AIDS like no other place in America,” Lantos said in a news release issued today. “From our dawning awareness in the 1980s through the heroic efforts of researchers and caregivers to address the crisis, we have been in the vanguard of responsiveness to this public health challenge. Sadly, HIV and AIDS are still among us in this country, but they have wreaked unprecedented destruction abroad. The United States has taken the lead in every aspect of the fight against HIV/AIDS, and the people of our region should take part in the discussion of what is being done — and what the next steps could be.”

Lantos was among co-authors — along with Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland — of the 2003 legislation that funded the $15 billion Global AIDS program, which among other things created a Global AIDS Coordinator position at the State Department; the new coordinator, Ambassador Mark R. Dybul, will be a featured speaker at next week’s event. For more information on the forum, call Lantos’ district office at 650-342-0300.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.