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January 25, 2011

Roscoe Bartlett's date for SOTU: Nancy Pelosi

We posted earlier about Republicans and Democrats sitting together at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Now we learn that Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Western Maryland, a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee and the new Tea Party Caucus, will be sitting with Democratic former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the House Republicans' No. 1 target in their successful midterm elections.

“I look forward to sitting between two lovely ladies, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Judy Chu," Bartlett said in a statement. "I also look forward with great hope that Congress and all Americans will listen to President Obama give another speech in the spirit of his address in Tucson.”

The Baltimore-born Pelosi, for her part, apparently turned down the invitation of House Republican Leader Eric Cantor to ask Bartlett.

"I thank @GOPLeader for his #SOTU offer, but I invited my friend Rep. Bartlett from MD yesterday & am pleased he accepted," she Tweeted.

Members of Congress are planning to break up the traditional seating plan for the State of the Union address – Republicans on one side, Democrats on the other – and sit with members of the opposite party.

The idea follows the shooting attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords this month that left six dead and 14 wounded; polls show it has broad public support.

Other Maryland-related pairings include Democratic Sen Barbara A. Mikulski and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore and Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona and Republican Rep. Andy Haris and Democratic Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, both from Baltimore County.

Posted by Matthew Hay Brown at 2:11 PM | | Comments (1)


When you all are done getting your prom dates squared away, perhaps you can get some real work done, like getting a real budget passed, and cutting spending, and so on...

This crap is exactly why Congress is really nothing more than a bunch of monkeys in trees throwing crap at each other.

Roscoe Bartlett? It would be nice if he remembered his district actually goes east of Frederick County. It's been so long since we've seen him in the Hereford Zone, Rutters is going to start putting him on milk cartons.

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