By Maura Judkis, Washington Whispers
As cheerleader Claire Bennet on NBC's Heroes, Hayden Panettiere saves the world. In her personal life, the actress saves the whales. And recently, the spunky actress has added one more thing to fight for—District of Columbia statehood. Whispers has learned that her new cause was sparked upon meeting D.C. shadow—and nonvoting—Sen. Paul Strauss. "Hayden came into my office and asked me if I could vote for a bill," says Strauss. "I said 'no.' She must have thought I was a heartless S.O.B. But I explained to her that I can't vote for anything."
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