A recent survey reveals that Americans are closely divided on the question of which GOP starlet is likely to follow Britney Spears down the road to mommy-hood. While conservative chanteuse Jessica Simpson was the top choice—despite recent high-profile marital problems with hubby Nick Lachey—Mary Cheney and newlywed Arthur Finkelstein were close behind.
Divorcee and Bush-backer Aniston not expected to conceive soon
By Russell D'Arby
LOS ANGELES—After Britney Spears and hubby Kevin Federline shared their wonderful news that they are expecting their first child together, celeb watchers and politicos alike asked the obvious question: which GOP starlet would be next to announce that she was following the former pop-tart turned values gal down the road to mommy-hood?
Jessica Simpson on top
A recent survey reveals that Americans are closely divided on that very question. Asked to choose between six likely contenders, voters narrowly selected conservative chanteuse Jessica Simpson as 'Miss Maternity 2005.' That choice comes despite the singer's high-profile marital difficulties with former 98 Degrees front-man Nick Lachey.
Ms. Simpson has been a long-time favorite of conservative Americans, and was once voted GOP 'Babe of the Week' by the New Jersey Republican party. While she declined to back a candidate in the last election, Ms. Simpson was 'outed' last September by Details magazine as a "silent" supporter of the President.
Cheney close behind
But while the voice behind "Sweetest Sin," "Forbidden Fruit," and other GOP faves was the top choice, Ms. Simpson was far from the only candidate voted 'most likely to conceive.' Twenty-three per cent of voters predicted that it won't be long before Mary Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, is showing a 'bump' of her own.
While Ms. Cheney and her long-time partner, Heather Poe, have not gone public with their plans to try for a baby, the Vice President and wife Lynn Cheney have hinted that they are eager to add to their current roster of grandchildren. "The Cheney's are looking forward to helping their daughters homeschool the grandkids after 2008," says a source close to the family. "They love their three granddaughters, but Dick would love a grandson who would share his passion for military history."
Finkelstein a favorite
Tied with Ms. Cheney was newlywed Arthur Finkelstein, a top GOP political operative who recently married his long-time companion in a small, tasteful ceremony in Massachusetts. Finkelstein, best known for his work on the campaigns of such family-friendly politicos as North Carolina's Jesse Helms, hasn't said yet when he and his new hubby will try for a baby.
Another question for the 59-year-old firebrand: will he stop working after the baby is born? A source close to the newlyweds say that the conservative political consultant appears to be busier than ever, and is currently heading up efforts to thwart the '08 presidential aspirations of Hillary Clinton in favor of a more family friendly candidate. "They're so in love," says the family friend. "It's such a romantic story. The only thing that could make it even more perfect would be if they got pregnant."
Aniston an "also ran"
Although her ultra-liberal former hubby, Brad Pitt, is said to be thinking about adopting a baby, survey participants said that Jennifer Aniston is unlikely to conceive a child this year. Aniston hasn't entirely turned her back on children, however. The godmother to Coco, daughter of Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Ms. Aniston is reportedly negotiating to purchase a house next to the couple's Malibu pad so that she can keep a close eye on the youngster.
And while Hollywood may be rife with high-profile single moms, Ms. Aniston is said to have no intention of joining their ranks. Currently filming such upcoming releases as Derailed, Rumor Has It and The Break-Up, the actress plans to take a break from her busy movie schedule later this year to promote President Bush's No Child Left Behind act.