The Real 'Alpha House' Features Rats, Bud Light And a Cardboard Cut-Out of President Obama

The three Democratic lawmakers live in filth.


In case you missed it, Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and their landlord Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., gave a tour to CNN of their "Omega House," as they called it, the Capitol Hill townhome that serves as inspiration for the series "Alpha House."

And boy is it gross.

"And yes, that's underwear in the living room," CNN's Dana Bash noted, as her camera crew took in all the cracks, the sheets-as-curtains, the busted kitchen chair with a board over it so nobody falls through and the "antique" tea kettle. "Well, Ben Franklin gave that to us," Miller said of the rusty teapot.

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Miller moved into the house more than 30 years ago and hasn't updated it much since. In 2007, the New York Times Magazine profiled the digs, when Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., made the trio of roomies a quartet. And that story served as the inspiration for Amazon's first streaming television show, even though "Alpha House's" main characters are all Republicans.

"They are nothing like us," Schumer laughed.

The house does have the frat boy feel that's conveyed in the show. The top shelf of the refrigerator stars Bud Light, while a rock hard piece of baguette is also discovered. Bulk boxes of cereal are scattered around the kitchen, which turns the discussion to rats -- the lawmakers' other roommates. "I thought the rats were in the Senate, I didn't know they came to the house," Miller said referring to his home, not where he serves. And, just like a college dorm, there's a life-size cardboard cut-out, but in this case it's of President Obama.

One fun detail from "Alpha House's" pilot is that there's a bowl of American flag lapel pins sitting out in the kitchen. In real life, not so much. Instead there's a metal bowl filled with screws, a pill and a pen. "It's modern art," Schumer boasted.

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