With his hair cascading over his broad shoulders, his shirt pulled down to display powerful pectorals and massive arms, Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato, R-N.Y., adorns the cover of "Forever Alfonse," a romance novel for the first 100 days.
Inspired by a news conference last month when D'Amato announced he'd fallen in love with socialite and TV gossip columnist Claudia Cohen, the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call printed a full-page spoof this week poking some fun.
"I thought, what if you cloned Fabio's hair onto D'Amato's head, and it kind of proceeded from there. The more I thought about him as a romantic hero, the funnier it got," said Bill Thomas, a Roll Call contributor.
"Theirs was a love so strong no Democratic institution could contain it!" proclaims the ad. "From the world's hottest deliberative body comes this unforgettable story of raging desire."
D'Amato telephoned Thomas on Friday to get a copy of the artwork by R.J. Matson.
"I always love a book with a happy ending," said D'Amato.