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Brian Cook, The Email Gossip King Of Capitol Hill’s Gays

The Pink Hill Mafia, a listserv for gay Capitol Hill staffers, is the creation of 28-year-old Brian Cook, the press secretary for California Democrat Rep. Pete Stark. It’s part job board, part Johnny Weir fashion forum, part favor trading exchange, and part polling service (“Is Rep. so-and-so supporting bill X?”). And while the neither the first nor second rule of Pink Hill Mafia is not, in fact, “You do not talk about Pink Hill Mafia” (Cook, after all, dished to the Washington Post), it is definitely, “You do not leak what’s posted on Pink Hill Mafia.” That’s how that gay Easter photo of Rep. Aaron Schock began making the rounds — and was the ultimate of faux pas leaks.