By Judy Kurtz - 11/29/11 12:34 AM EST
While many lawmakers might be concerned about dirty laundry, probably not so for Sens. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonSenate approves new Veterans Affairs watchdog Overnight Regulation: Republicans move to block financial adviser rule Senate Republicans move to block financial adviser rule MORE and Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissWyden hammers CIA chief over Senate spying Cruz is a liability Inside Paul Ryan’s brain trust MORE. Their clothes are likely as spick-and-span as can be. That’s because the spouses of both Georgia Republicans once played in a college washboard band.
Dianne Isakson’s squeaky-clean instrument of choice was the washtub, the senator’s office tells us.
Isakson heaped high praise on his wife’s musical abilities, proudly proclaiming in an email to ITK, “Dianne was the best washboard player I ever met.”
The couple met after being set up on a blind date by Isakson’s younger brother.
Chambliss’s wife, Julianne, happened to scrub-a-dub-dub in the same musical group as Mrs. Isakson. The senator’s office reveals Mrs. Chambliss played the sticks.
And don’t get it twisted — amateur hour this was not. The band comprised about 18 women who toured across the state to play at other college campuses. ITK can also reveal this exclusive detail: The washboard band, whose members wore picnic plaid skirts with white blouses, even showed off their abilities on national TV and cut an album!
Neither lawmaker would confirm if his significant other passed along some of her washboard-strumming skills.