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Original Alpha House Roommates: Marty Russo, George Miller, Leon Panetta, and Chuck Schumer

Original Alpha House Roommates: Marty Russo, George Miller, Leon Panetta, and Chuck Schumer

Former Congressman Marty Russo makes a cameo appearance on Alpha House.

It’s not often you have a chance to take a trip down memory lane while hanging out at a fake wedding on an all day TV show shoot.

The hit show “Alpha House” on Amazon.com is very (very) loosely based on the house in Washington DC which I shared with three other Democratic Members of Congress: George Miller, Leon Panetta, and Chuck Schumer.  The new Alpha House is nothing like our house — they are four Republican Senators and have all sorts of strange escapades.

The original Alpha House was very focused on good politics and, as noted in this 1986 Wall Street Journal article, we used our camaraderie to build coalitions to get legislation passed.

But I have to admit it was fun to go to Long Island and make a cameo appearance in the season finale episode.  Also appearing was a good friend — Former Congressman Sam Gejdenson who actually replaced me in the house when I left Congress.  Both Sam and I had a one line cameo in the spotlight.

Joining us on the set and appearing in a separate cameo shot were MSNBC Anchor Alex Witt (as smart as she is lovely!) and Norm Ornstein (who is a master of one-liners).

It was impressive to see the chaos of what goes into filming a big scene with 300 extras and a handful of Washington types.  John Goodman and his co-stars were gracious and seemed to get a kick out of meeting some of the original Alpha House roommates.  I’ll keep you posted if my Hollywood lines make the final cut!

Alpha House Cameo

Former Congressman Marty Russo joins the cast of Alpha House for filming of the season's final episode.

[img src=http://russocapitolstrategies.com/wp-content/flagallery/alpha-house-cameo/thumbs/thumbs_rcs_alpha-house-3.jpg]Former Congressman Marty Russo and Alpha House star John Goodman
[img src=http://russocapitolstrategies.com/wp-content/flagallery/alpha-house-cameo/thumbs/thumbs_rcs_alpha-house-4.jpg]Former Congressman Marty Russo and Alpha House star Clark Johnson
[img src=http://russocapitolstrategies.com/wp-content/flagallery/alpha-house-cameo/thumbs/thumbs_img_1895.jpg]Russo at Alpha House wedding
[img src=http://russocapitolstrategies.com/wp-content/flagallery/alpha-house-cameo/thumbs/thumbs_img_1901.jpg]Cameos at Alpha House filming
[img src=http://russocapitolstrategies.com/wp-content/flagallery/alpha-house-cameo/thumbs/thumbs_img_1906.jpg]Former Congressman Sam Gejdenson and Marty Russo
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Former Congressmen Marty Russo and Sam Gejdenson and Alpha House star Matt Malloy
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Former Congressman Sam Gejdenson, Alpha House Producer Jonathan Alter and Former Congressman Marty Russo
[img src=http://russocapitolstrategies.com/wp-content/flagallery/alpha-house-cameo/thumbs/thumbs_rcs_alpha-house-2.jpg]Former Congressman Marty Russo and MSNBC Anchor Alex Witt on the set of Alpha House
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Former Congressman Marty Russo and Alpha House Star William Thomas Evans
[img src=http://russocapitolstrategies.com/wp-content/flagallery/alpha-house-cameo/thumbs/thumbs_img_1904.jpg]Alpha House Set
[img src=http://russocapitolstrategies.com/wp-content/flagallery/alpha-house-cameo/thumbs/thumbs_img_1902.jpg]Alpha House Set
[img src=http://russocapitolstrategies.com/wp-content/flagallery/alpha-house-cameo/thumbs/thumbs_img_1903.jpg]Alpha House Set

Putting Lesson with President George H. W. Bush

President George H. W. Bush recently celebrated his 90th birthday by jumping out of an airplane.  Former Congressman Marty Russo reminiscences about some fun times they had in the sports arena.

Seeing the Politico article about President George H. W. Bush skydiving on his 90th birthday  reminds me of what a great competitor he has always been.

Putting Lesson with VP George HW Bush and Congressman Marty Russo on Air Force Two

Putting Lesson with VP George HW Bush and Congressman Marty Russo on Air Force Two

Some of my fondest personal memories in Congress were those days when I served as the regular paddle ball partner for President George H. W. Bush.  We played as a team in the House paddle ball courts for all eight years he was Vice President and continued for the four years of his presidency.  I can tell you that he always played to win.

This reminds me of a photo taken by the official White House photographer in 1984 when I was flying on Air Force Two.  The Vice President and I were relaxing and next thing I know, the VP asked me to give him a putting lesson in the aisle of the airplane.  He was always looking to gain a competitive edge and took any opportunity to hone his game.

This scene was memorialized a couple years ago in a USA Today article titled, Golf, Politics and Presidents Prove To Be Range Bedfellows, by Steve DiMeglio.  It’s a great story of how presidents and golf intersect and ends with a quote from a good friend of mine, Republican Senator Mike Oxley.  In the article Senator Oxley is talking about how sports enabled a lot of bi-partisanship in the Congress:

 At the very least, golf provides memories. One of Oxley’s favorites occurred on Air Force Two, when he was traveling with then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and Democrat Marty Russo, one of the best golfers ever to be a member of Congress.

“The VP was moaning and groaning about his putting. So one of the Secret Service guys went down into the hole and got his putter,” Oxley says. “There we were on the plane and he’s getting a putting lesson from Russo.

“It was a great moment of bipartisanship.”