March 10, 2010

Sometimes, politics can be pretty

DENNIS HOEY

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Kay Gerard, credit courtesy of The Hill

Staff Writer

A 25-year-old woman from Aroostook County has been named one of the most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.

The Hill, a newspaper covering Congress, named its 50 most beautiful public servants in July, and among them was Kay Gerard of Madawaska.

Gerard is a member of Republican Sen. Susan Collins' staff.

Kevin Kelley, a spokesman for Collins, said Gerard is her Maine scheduler, which means she organizes all of the senator's visits to her home state.

Gerard declined to comment for this story. Kelley said she is shy and has been embarrassed by the publicity.

Gerard not only made the newspaper's top 10, but also made the top two -- she's ranked behind only U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat.

Kris Kitto, features editor for The Hill, said the newspaper received more than 300 submissions for its profiles.

''It's a nice diversion for people who work on the Hill,'' he said.

Kitto said about one-third of the candidates are invited to a photo shoot before the list of candidates is narrowed down.

''People do take time to take care of their looks on the Hill,'' Kitto said. ''They're around a lot of high-profile people, a lot of power players, and it's a very youthful place.''

Gerard's photographs stood out.

''Everybody was just blown away,'' Kitto said. ''It's this natural beauty that just comes through.''

For all those single guys out there wondering, Gerard is not available. According to her profile on The Hill's Web site, Gerard has an Australian boyfriend and plans to leave this fall for his home country so that she can be closer to him.

The couple met last year in Maine during Collins' re-election campaign.

Staff Writer Dennis Hoey can be contacted at 791-6365 or at:

dhoey@pressherald.com

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