By Paul Bedard , Danielle Kurtzleben
July 27, 2010
Though both Greek and English were in the air, everyone spoke the language of influence at a cocktail reception on Monday night honoring Mike Manatos, a member of one of Washington’s most prominent lobbying families.
In a demonstration of how Washington lawmakers, administration officials, media biggies, and lobbyists work and play behind the scenes, a party was held to celebrate Manatos’ 20th anniversary at his family’s firm, Manatos & Manatos. And to show that foes by day can become friends at night, the press was invited to join in to see Republicans and Democrats make nice.
The guest of honor pointed out that the family was really celebrating a number of milestones, including 75 years (and three generations) of Manatos public policy involvement in Washington and 100 years since the family immigrated to the U.S. from Greece. “Exactly 100 years from tomorrow,” he added.
The guest list showed the party to be a convergence of Washington’s Greek community, lobbyists, and members of Congress and staffers, as well as a contingent of local news personalities. It also went a long way to show that Manatos & Manatos is a key player on K Street and in Congress, even if some of the party chatter wasn’t focused on cap-and-trade, healthcare, or the elections.
Mike Manatos’ wife, Fox 5 News anchor Laura Evans Manatos, divided her attention between the couple’s three children and her Fox 5 colleagues. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” made an appearance with his wife, former ABC 7 anchor Kathleen Matthews. And three Greek-American House members–Florida Republican Gus Bilirakis, Maryland Democrat John Sarbanes, and Nevada Democrat Dina Titus–turned out for the Greek wine and meze.