Summer means it's wedding season, and in Washington that means plenty of potential for conflicts of interest. Consider the wedding of one Hillary Clinton aide, attended by several members of the national political press covering Clinton and her rivals for the White House.
Adam Parkhomenko, the director for grassroots engagement for Clinton's presidential campaign and a co-founder of Ready for Hillary, married former Ready for Hillary staff member (and former Redskins cheerleader) Kirby Hoag on Saturday. Among those celebrating with the happy couple were a number of print and television journalists. Democratic operative and Ready for Hillary staffer Seth Bringman tweeted a photo of these journalists with the message "Press scrum!!" and the hashtag "#OTR," which stands for "off the record." Here's the tweet:
Pictured are Alex Seitz-Wald of MSNBC; Lucia Graves of National Journal; Philip Rucker of the Washington Post; Dan Merica, Ashley Killough, and Brianna Keilar of CNN; and Amie Parnes of the Hill. Bringman tweeted the wedding was "off the record" and "no questions" would be allowed. The wedding party also apparently ran into Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor at a bar at the hotel where the celebration was taking place.
Several of the journalists in attendance cover either Clinton or the Republican candidates for president regularly. Merica and Keilar, both of CNN, both say they are "covering Hillary Clinton" in their Twitter profiles. (On the night of the wedding, in fact, Merica reported on Twitter on a statement from a "Clinton campaign spokesman" on the Confederate battle flag.) Killough, also of CNN, says she covers the Republican primary campaign. Seitz-Wald of MSNBC also covers Clinton for his network, while Rucker is the Post's national political correspondent and files stories on both the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries. Parnes, meanwhile, is the co-author of a book about Clinton's term as secretary of state, titled HRC.
The commingling of political journalists and campaign staff at weddings isn't limited to Clinton. Rucker recently attended the wedding of a former aide to Republican Mitt Romney, though Romney is not currently running for office.