Confirm or Deny: Russell Harvard

Maureen Dowd: You keep a stack of two-dollar bills to randomly hand out to hard-working people.

Russell Harvard: I do, from time to time, because when I give the two-dollar bills, their faces light up! I love seeing that.

You kept the fringed jacket you wore as the assassin Mr. Wrench in “Fargo.”

Yes, from season three.

You can’t quit Madonna.

I’m not going to lie. Madonna is my favorite. It’s not my fault. My mom bought me my first cassette tapes for my birthday when I was a kid. “Like a Prayer” and INXS’s “Kick.” I was more keen on Madonna. She had lyrics in the cassette tapes and I was able to follow and I started signing songs. I remember when I was a kid I bought other cassette tapes hoping they had lyrics attached to them and was dismayed when they didn’t.

If you could only watch one movie over and over, it would be the 1995 cult classic, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” in which Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo and Wesley Snipes play drag queens.

It fueled the fire to do drag for the first time at age 14. All the students who were my friends cheered me on and my aunt, who was working at the school that day, dropped her jaw and was loving the moment. It was liberating.

You love “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” reruns of “True Blood” and kite-surfing.


Your favorite book is any “Harry Potter.”

Expecto Patronum! My patronus charm would be a wolf.

As a Texan, you’re supporting Beto.

I do love Beto. I voted for him against Ted Cruz. But I think it’s time for a woman president.

As Cornwall, you wear nothing under your kilt.

Deny. But the day we close, maybe I’ll wear nothing.

Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary and author of three New York Times best sellers, became an Op-Ed columnist in 1995. @MaureenDowd Facebook

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