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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blair's Son Secures Internship on Washington's Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON -- He looks set to become Washington's best-known intern since a certain young woman in a blue dress.

Euan Blair, the dashing 21-year-old son of British Prime Minister Tony, will be reporting for photocopying and envelope-stuffing at the start of next year, when he begins a six-month stint in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The recent graduate, who was 13 when his father entered Downing Street, gained notoriety in Britain when he was found drunk and semi-conscious by police in London's Leicester Square as a teenager. But he has since mended his ways, and he spent the past three years at Bristol University, securing a degree in ancient history.

Now, he is preparing to come to Washington -- perhaps the strongest indication yet that he might be keen to follow his father into the political arena.

Mirroring his father's instincts to reach across the political divide, Blair Jr. has shown he is unwilling to nail his political colors to a party mast. Choose an internship working for a Republican and he risks offending members of the British Labor Party, with its long-standing ties to the Democrats. Choose a Democrat and he might irritate his father's friends in the White House.

So, in an unusual move, the young Blair will work for representatives of both parties, both of them representing California. He will spend his first three months with Republican David Dreier on the House Rules Committee before crossing the aisle for three months in the office of a Democrat, Jane Harman.

How does a 21-year-old foreigner secure not one but two coveted placements with prominent lawmakers?

"He applied through the normal route," Jo Maney, press secretary for Dreier, said in a telephone interview. Britain's Sunday Telegraph reported Blair was accepted after being interviewed by telephone. A spokesman for Harman confirmed Blair's internship but would not discuss the matter further.