Surprise! D.C.'s New Voting Representative Is A White Republican
People everywhere who love shooting people and hate democracy cheered this week when Republicans managed to stall passage of the House bill that would have given the District a voting member of Congress by requiring that everyone in Washington be allowed to carry as many guns as they want around with them at all times. But in a stunning development, D.C. managed to gain a real live Congressman without any new legislation at all!
During the debate over the bill, Charles Boustany (R-La. and D.C.) claimed that all 435 House members already have a vested interest in the District; thus, it obviously doesn't need one of its own. The folks over at DCist have taken this to mean that Boustany considers himself Washington's man in Washington, and urges you to take all the little problems you'd take to a Congressman if you were a real American to him:
Address: 1117 Longworth Bldg., Washington, DC 20515-1807
Phone: (202) 225-2031
Fax: (202) 225-5724
And remember, if you aren't satisfied with his services, you can always vote him out of office! Oh, no, wait, you can't.
GAHHH, STUPID UPDATE: Apparently DCist can't keep their bald D.C.-hating Republicans straight. The actual guy who made the statement is Louie Gohmert (R-Tex. and D.C.). This is what we get for trusting bloggers. (DCist blames some outfit called "C-SPAN" for the error.) His phone number is 202-225-3035. We're leaving the other pic up there, though, because it nicely illustrates how the mistake was made. Honestly, we don't really understand how these people even tell themselves apart.
Louie Gohmert (R-Texas and D.C.)