Former Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.) drinks Diet Pepsi on television. Former Sen. Howard H. Baker (R-Tenn.) praises USA Today in newspaper and television ads.
And now the Valley's own Rep. Bobbi Fiedler (R-Chatsworth) is getting in on the act.
"Bobbi Fiedler loves Hamburger Hamlet," says an ad in the back of The Washingtonian, an upscale monthly magazine. It quotes the third-term congresswoman as saying that it's "terrific to find California's great cuisine available here in Washington."
Hamlet Owner's Request
In a rare endorsement of a private company by an elected politician, Fiedler recently did a brief stint as a figurehead for the Los Angeles-based restaurant chain.
Displayed as part of a long-running "I Love Hamburger Hamlet" campaign, the ad was made at the request of restaurant owner Marilyn Lewis, said Fiedler aide Paul Clark. Lewis, a Fiedler constituent with a home in Washington, once provided free chili at a cook-off sponsored by what Clark called an "extremely bipartisan social group," the California State Society. In return, Fiedler agreed to promote the company's three Washington-area restaurants, provided the ads ran only in The Washingtonian.