Grapevine: Senator helps staffer's boyfriend propose

Sen. Warner allows him to pop question on Twitter page


Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Flag Flap

Oil company Citgo honored the passing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in a way that has angered many Americans.

Citgo, which is based in Venezuela lowered all flags at its U.S. headquarters to half-staff -- including American flags.

Quote -- "We at Citgo Petroleum Corporation are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the people of Venezuela in this time of grief."

Of course, Chavez had long expressed anti- American views. He called President George W. Bush "the Devil" and even hinted the U.S. gave him terminal cancer.  

Security Breach  

There's a reason that Newark Airport is mockingly referred to as the "Ground Zero of TSA failures."

The New York Post reports, late last month, a plainclothes TSA investigator got through two security screenings -- including a pat-down -- with an improvised explosive device hidden in his pants.

It was, of course, a fake.

Last year, dozens of TSA agents and baggage screeners at Newark airport were fired for major security lapses.


And finally, Senator Mark Warner's Twitter page took a break from politics yesterday for a good old fashioned love story.

Brett Wanamaker wanted to catch the attention of girlfriend Beth Adelson -- who is the senator's press secretary.

He tweeted the senator -- quote -- "Your press secretary pays more attention to this feed than her own. Can I borrow this space?"

Senator Warner said OK, so Brett popped the question. 

That's when Brett showed up in the flesh and got down on one knee. You'll be happy to know she said yes.

And the Senator sent his congratulations, how else? Via Twitter.