This weekend, I soiree’d at the Equality NC Gala in Greensboro, North Carolina. I arrived in my long velor gown with fake fur cuffs. AND fake fur scarf. Hello, Rita Hayworth.
That’s where I got to invite soon-to-be former Senator Kay Hagan onto Pillow Talk with Joanne.
Hagan ran a tight race against resident D-bag Thom Tillis this year. He won the election against Hagan by 1.7 percent. Now there she was, less than a month later, schmoozing in the Empire Ball Room before the Gala’s cocktail hour. She was wearing a navy dress with a ruffled skirt. I got in the unofficial line to chat with her, looking around as if I wasn’t in line. Being casual. Then I congratulated her on running her campaign. She told me it’s a shame the Koch Brothers bought the election. I shrugged. I was hoping we would trash Tillis and perhaps laugh over a glass of wine, but I guess she had the more dignified response.
“What are you going to do now?” I asked.
“I don’t know yet,” she said.
“I have an idea for you,” I said, as if I was suggesting she use this time to try a new hobby, like Thai Chi. I told her about how I interview people in bed. She laughed and looked at her husband with a mixture of, “Can you believe that?” and “Is this woman a nutter?” I told her current Charlotte mayoral candidate Jennifer Roberts was on my first episode. A credibility booster.
“I don’t think I’ll be doing it anytime soon,” she said, giving my card to her husband.
“Think about it,” I replied, as if she was saying a soft no to a car purchase. “You’ve got time. Give me a call.”
Word got around that I had asked Hagan to be on the show. Then as the game of telephone tends to break down, people started asking me if I had invited Hagan into bed with me.
Kay, if you’re reading this, you are welcome on the show anytime. Fans of Kay, if you think she should be on the show, tell her! Maybe she’ll listen to you.
GOSSIP ALERT: Oh yeah, and I met Clay Aiken and we fell in love. He shook hands with the counter protesters outside the Empire Ball Room. He went back out into the cold to do that! I’m a total Claymate.