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SPOTTED: Brand New Senator Already Dining at Elite D.C. Restaurant

The day after Minnesota’s newest senator was sworn in to replace the disgraced Al Franken, Tina Smith was spotted at a swanky D.C. establishment.

By NTK Staff | 01.05.2018 @10:30am
SPOTTED: Brand New Senator Already Dining at Elite D.C. Restaurant

It didn’t take long for Tina Smith to “go Washington,” as they say. On Wednesday, Smith was sworn in to become Minnesota’s newest U.S. senator. By Thursday night, the Democrat was already dining at a swanky Washington, D.C. restaurant.

Smith was spotted jumping into the ‘Swamp’ with both feet by Politico “Playbook”:

SPOTTED: Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and her husband Archie last night at Centrolina in City Center …

Centrolina’s website says it’s owned by Chef Amy Brandwein, but left unmentioned is that Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), 2018’s most vulnerable Democrat, is part-owner as well.

Yelp classifies Centrolina as a “$$$” (out of four) restaurant located in the high-end City Center neighborhood of downtown D.C.

Here’s what Politico wrote about the restaurant in August 2017:

In 2014, McCaskill bought a condo in Washington, D.C., for $2.7 million. Republicans plan to turn the condo into a symbol of McCaskill’s insider status. The condo, in the almost-too-fancy-for-D.C. CityCenter development, is above Hermes and Gucci stores. McCaskill also owns a part of Centrolina, a restaurant in the development, which sells $14 Negroni cocktails and a $325 bottle of pinot noir.

If $14 cocktails and $325 bottles of wine doesn’t sound “Minnesota nice” to you, you’re not alone.

Politicians are often criticized for going to Washington and forgetting about the constituents they represent. Smith, who will need to run for reelection in just 10 months, could already be drawing unnecessary attention to herself from just her restaurant choices.

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