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Celebrity sightings in the newsroom

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Celebrity sightings

By Linda Ash

There's been a buzz in our newsroom the past few weeks, and more than a few giggles. You see, ever since Rep. Paul Ryan was named Mitt Romney's running mate, one of our own has been sharing some of Ryan's limelight.

"Did I tell you I was in Walmart the other day and a man and his wife came up to me, and the woman asked me if I was a Republican?" Daily photographer Rich Cooley asked during a recent meeting with reporters. Cooley also said that he is hearing people whisper as he walks by them, and I'm guessing a few fingers have been pointing his way.

Why? Well, those of you who know Cooley probably already understand why people seem to be in awe of him when he walks into a room - and it's not just because he is the best photographer in the valley.

For those of you who don't, just take a gander of Cooley's mugshot above and compare it to Ryan's. Notice a resemblance?

As far as Cooley knows, he is not related to Paul Ryan. I'm not so sure...

Anyway, we're sending Cooley out to take a photo of his carbon copy today at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. Ryan will be speaking there at 2 p.m. We'll be posting Cooley's photos of Ryan in Saturday's Daily along with a story by region editor Jeb Inge, who also covers state and national politics for us. I don't know how close they will be able to get to Ryan, but I'd love to see a photo of Cooley and Ryan together.

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Linda Ash is editor of the Northern Virginia Daily. Email: lash@nvdaily.com


Poor Rich. Has he scheduled an appointment with his plastic surgeon?

Nothing wrong with their faces, it's just the politics that's troubling. I'll bet Rich won't tell you. LOVE his photography and yes, I was aware of the uncanny resemblance.

If I were Rich, I think I would wear a sign, please drop off your contributions here. ;)

Rich, I'll take your autograph over Ryan's any day. :-)

You ARE a celebrity in my book. Your photographs show both technical and artistic expertise.

I'll take Ryan's over Rich's anytime.

Rich doesn't have to lie about his marathon times...

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