A GOP lobbyist says he’s frequently mistaken for former White House strategist Stephen Bannon – but jokes he’s “prettier” than Bannon’s self-comparison to Darth Vader.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Keith Heard, former chief of staff for Sen. Thad Cochran and now president of Key Impact Strategies, said he first felt the effects of being a dead-ringer for Bannon on election night 2016.
“My text messages started blowing up: ‘Saw you in New York,’ ‘What are you doing up on the stage?’” he told The Washington Post. “I texted back, ‘Everybody’s gotta be somewhere.’ But I didn’t pay much attention. It didn’t hit me that it was Bannon they were talking about.”
Asked then how he feels about Bannon’s comparison of himself to former vice president Dick Cheney, Star Wars villain Darth Vader and Satan, Heard replied: “Prettier than him.”
“ It’s interesting — a friend and I, we were at a meeting here in Washington, standing outside the Hyatt on New Jersey [Avenue NW], and a union was having a meeting there,” he related. “Some guys were looking at us, staring at us. We went inside and a couple came up and wanted to know [if I was Bannon]. I said, ‘No, I’m not.’ They were nice to me, but they were giving me some tough looks at first.”
“What’s interesting is that it’s not just political people — it’s all demographics,” he added.
“A homeless man told me, ‘You looked good on ‘60 Minutes’ the other night.’ At the Capital Grille, a Democratic congressman wanted me to meet his constituents. When I told him, he said, ‘Oh, hell, come on anyway. They won’t know the difference.’”
Heard says he’s just fine with being Bannon’s doppelganger.
“I walk every morning, about 2½ miles, [and] going down the street I saw a guy going by, and he’s a pretty good-looking fellow,” he told the Post. “And then it dawned on me: [Bannon]. I would have liked to say hello and see if we do look the same. I guess it’s kind of vain that I thought he looked good.”
But he told the Post he also shares Bannon’s general political view.
“I’m a populist conservative, but I’m a big supporter of the Republican Party,” he said. “Our biggest difference would be in tactics. I don’t think beating [establishment Republicans] and potentially having a Democrat take their place is good for the country.”
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