Author: Frank Bilker (---.nrockv01.md.comcast.net)
Date: 07-30-05 16:27
(BEVERLY HILLS) -- X-rated video mogul Mark Kulkis, who escorted @!#$ star Mary Carey to last month's GOP dinner with President Bush, has found a new love interest: Washington powerdater and CNN producer Kathy Benz.
The two only met a month ago during an interview while Kulkis, 40, president and CEO of Kick @!#$ Pictures, was in DC for the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual President's Dinner. He's honorary chairman of the NRCC's Business Advisory Council, a roundtable of millionaire entrepreneurs.
Benz denies she's cozying up to Kulkis to get a scoop for CNN about the private lunch he and Carey had with White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove. "Mark's a wonderful guy and I think this could be the real thing," she tells girlfriends.
Benz, 35, is known in Washington power circles for dating such figures as venture capitalist Jonathan Ledecky (now trying to buy the Washington Nationals), Univ. of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, and spent time last August with Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin at his Hamptons home.
Her regular companions include Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.), John Sununu, Sr, venture capitalist Mark Ein, and Chicago Cubs VP John McDonough.