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Political Circus: Democrat has #TigerBlood

By Ed Hornick, CNN
Rep. Jared Polis, left, says Charlie Sheen helped him gain Twitter followers.
Rep. Jared Polis, left, says Charlie Sheen helped him gain Twitter followers.
  • Democratic Rep. Jared Polis gets a Sheen jump
  • Rudy Giuliani says if he runs again, New Hampshire will be a top priority
  • Ex-CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson to pen spy novels

Washington (CNN) -- Politics is serious business -- but not all the time.

Just like Sheen?

Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, found out that simply mentioning TV/internet sensation Charlie Sheen on Twitter gave him a bump in followers, The Hill reports.

"I have 8,188 twitter followers after yrs of tweeting, @charliesheen has 2,588,966 after a week #winning," @jaredpolis tweeted on March 11.

The Twitterverse responded, Polis told The Hill's "In The Know" gossip blog last week. "I used to get about five new people a day but it jumped to 10 a day after Friday, and it's holding steady."

He quipped that at his rate, "it's only going to take me 684 years to catch up with Charlie Sheen!"

Can I have a do-over?

Rudy Giuliani, by most accounts, ran a pretty flawed 2008 GOP presidential primary campaign -- especially when it came to being competitive in early voting states such as New Hampshire.

The former New York City mayor told the Manchester Republican Committee on Friday that if he runs in 2012, his strategy will be different this time around, the Manchester Union Leader reports.

"(I would change) about 45 things ... (and) spend more time in New Hampshire."

Trump: I 'screwed' Gadhafi

Donald Trump, whose flirtations with a presidential bid continue, told Fox News Monday that he has special experience dealing with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Trump, who has indicated that he will decide on a presidential bid by June, said he is particularly happy with the fact he "screwed" Gadhafi on a past real estate deal.

The next David Baldacci?

The New York Times reports that outed covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson is set to take on a new career: novelist.

"Fed up with ... popular images of the female secret agent, Ms. Wilson decided to draft her own. Eight years after her cover was blown by the political columnist Robert Novak, she has signed a book deal with Penguin Group USA to write a series of international suspense novels, with a fictional operative, Vanessa Pearson, at the center. Ms. Wilson will write them with Sarah Lovett, a best-selling author of mysteries, who also lives in Santa Fe."

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Quote board

"I don't think he's an elitist -- and neither do his butlers.'' -- Sen. Scott Brown, talking about fellow Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry to The Boston Globe,

"President Obama told the American people today that we have no reason to worry about radiation from Japan. And he and his entire family left for a trip to South America. 'Goodbye everybody! You're on your own!'" -- Jay Leno

CNN's Alexander Mooney contributed to this report.