Eating Cookies With Congressman Wexler

Categories: Politics
On Monday, Democratic Congresspersons Robert Wexler, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Ron Klein held a "dessert reception" to welcome folks to the inauguration. They walked from their offices in the Capitol:

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directly across the lawn to the Library of Congress:

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where attendees had to wait in line to go through a security checkpoint, and where a certain Florida state senator could be overheard grumbling that this was supposed to be a private reception with invited guests only, but Debbie Wasserman Schultz had sent an email inviting the approximately 80,000 people who receive her e-mail newsletter. Oops!

Well, it made for a packed house:
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Inside the reception, Congressman Wexler schmoozed his way through a mostly adoring crowd, scooping up thanks from supporters who have been happy to see him publicly speaking out in support if Israel lately, in light of the conflict in Gaza.

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Wexler gave New Times a quick reaction to the inauguration -- "couldn't be better!" -- and said that he and all Congressmen were meeting at 10 am and would be watching the swearing-in ceremony from the Capitol steps. 

Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz was too mobbed to catch, but The Great Inviter looked great. She straightened her hair for the occasion.

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Ron Klein was around somewhere, but hard to find in the crowd full of people munching on some patriotic cookies...

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so I hung out with these guys...

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(l-r) Terrence Carlson of D.C. and three guys from South Florida who were fraternity brothers in Beta Theta Pi at FAU:  Ryan Carlson of Boca; Brian Ely, a Channel 10 cameraman; and Jason Friedman, a teacher at Coral Springs High School. They said they were having a wonderful time; that Barack Obama is "so positive" and "a rock star"; and that they read New Times, like all the cool people. Thanks for the cookies, Reps!



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