Friday, November 27, 2015

Fattah to host TV show

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah will soon be hosting his own talkshow on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

Fattah to host TV show

NBC10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah with her husband, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.
NBC10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah with her husband, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah will soon be hosting his own talkshow on the Pennsylvania Cable Network. 

“A Capitol Idea with Chaka Fattah" will air about twice a month starting Jan. 19, Fattah spokeswoman Debra Anderson said.

In the first half of the 30-minute shows, the Philadelphia Democrat will interview newsmakers on specific topics. (In a pilot episode already filmed, he interviews House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, about manufacturing.) In the second half, the congressman will talk to citizens who are impacted by the policy or issue being discussed.

The topics, Anderson said, will all pertain to one of Fattah's five legislative priorities: neuroscience, manufacturing, co-operatives, youth mentoring and the Gear Up education program.

So is Fattah building his TV resume to pursue a new endeavor? 

"The congressman is totally focused on enacting legislation that will help millions of Americans," Anderson said.

If he needs some TV tips, he can always turn to his wife, NBC10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah. 

While "A Capitol Idea" is pleasant enough, we at Clout believe the talkshow's name is a missed opportunity for some wonderful horrendous puns, such as "Now we're Fattalkin," "Chakatalka" and "The Chakatalk Nation."

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