UPDATED (again): Brad Woodhouse made his original goal and now has a new goal.
UPDATED: Dome was right about Dallas Woodhouse (read on to find out how).
Here at Dome, we've been wondering about the Woodhouse family holiday gathering. What is it like when Brad Woodhouse, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, gathers to carve the turkey with his brother Dallas Woodhouse, the North Carolina state director for the conservative Americans for Prosperity?
Does one accidentally spill the gravy on the other? Who wins the wishbone contest? Is there elbow jostling as they pull it?
We remember a few years ago their mother Joyce telling an N&O reporter that she tries to get them to not talk politics at the holiday table. But she also told The N&O that "they still love each other."
And apparently, they can still be proud of each other. The evidence came today in a message that Dallas Woodhouse forwarded to various media saying: "Here is a note from my brother … watch ABC News this week."
The forwarded message was Brad Woodhouse, and said:
"There's no doubt politics can be hairy. I had a bet with my political counterpart, Sean Spicer, Communications Director for the Republican National Committee. We each agreed to let the other shave our head on national television if our candidate lost the Presidential election. After the election, I was excited that I'd be shaving Sean's head instead of him shaving mine. But, when we learned about St. Baldrick's, we decided that we should BOTH shave, making our bet pay off for kids fighting cancer. Tune in to watch us get shaved on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, November 25th.
"Now we're not just honoring a bet. We're having our heads shaved to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, but more importantly, to raise money to find cures. Please support me with a donation to the St. Baldrick's Foundation. This volunteer-driven charity funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Your gift will give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. So when I ask for your support, I'm really asking you to support these kids."
The message includes a link to where you can donate. So far, he's raised $2,930 of his $4,000 goal. Dome was hoping (and betting) his younger brother was a donor and is happy to note that Dallas Woodhouse confirmed that he did indeed make a pledge.
Now, wouldn't it be nice if some of those superPACs which funded all those ads for both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama also pledged? Surely those millions could be better spent on childhood cancer research.
Now that would be something to talk about around the holiday table.