Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss has made no bones about the fact that he’d like spots for him and his daughter in the city’s Verizon Center skybox for the Jan. 7 Hannah Montana concert.

Well, he asked. And he’s been denied.

Neil Albert told me there’s no room,” Strauss says, referring to the deputy mayor for planning and economic development. That means Strauss won’t be sitting with Albert, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, City Administrator Dan Tangherlini, schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, and offspring.

Strauss says he’s moved on to Plan B: Appealing to the Verizon Center itself for any spare seats.

“I haven’t given up hope yet,” he says. (There’s always Plan C: A glimpse at StubHub reveals that two nosebleed-section tickets could be his for $240 apiece.)

Strauss says he’d love to take his daughter to future skybox events. “She’s 9,” he says, “so I hope there’ll be other opportunities.”