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COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of July 15, 2011

Your Voice in the United States Congress

Stories from the week of July 15, 2011

Careful on the send button:  I sent the staffer the standard request for a first time meeting.  His response to his boss was:


This guy continues to bug me.  Shall I meet with him or tell him to go …. away?  Andre

**my response back to him – Andre..

LOL…afraid you sent the note to me instead of Heather.  No offense taken.    I am a professional and never take it personally.

I can only add that I won’t ask for money & my interest is reducing crime, death, disease, drug use and saving tax dollars (we have wasted about a trillion so far). 

**his respose to me:  OK Howard,

You got me!  Thanks for being the professional that you obviously are.  So, when do you want to meet?

Rest of the Story – we met the next week and had an excellent chat.

Cold pizza and why I love my job:  For lunch I sit at a table across from where Members and staff have their own checkout line, so they always see the hat.   I get nods or a wave from staffers I know on a regular basis, sometimes a brief chat.

On Wednesday I squeezed in with 8 recent high school graduates in DC for an enrichment program.    One asked what C O P on my name plate meant.   20 minutes of great discussion later, they left for a seminar.    It was such a joy to chat with young people who were concerned about issues and their country.  The conversation will be remembered long after the cold pizza.

Seeing it come together:  What has five years of effort meant?  These past few weeks have seen responses from staffers, as they received the information on the repeal bill.  Like baking a cake, all one can do is put in all the ingredients and hope it tastes good.  Here is a sampling of responses I received, keeping in mind I know some staffers deleted without reading.   NOTE:  The debt limit issue is sucking all the oxygen out of this town.  We don’t expect Members to look at other issues, until this is resoloved.   The comedians have scored big points that the House spent time on light bulbs this week.

A.Thanks Howard – this is helpful

B.Thanks Howard,
I will get this to my boss! …(who is a FL Republican)

C.Thank you very much, Howard.  I will take this to my boss for his consideration.

D. Thank you Sir, we shall be in touch!

 COPs 2nd year stats to date:

 179  presentations to Congressional staffers:  12 this week

TV appearances: 12 this week (ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX, cable) 

Newspaper stories: 7 dailes, 3 weeklies

Radio appearances: 13 –  this week

Published LTE: 15 (  this week)

Other media (bloggers, cable TV, minor publications, etc): 12 ( this week)

 9 (Member of Congress) contacts:    

5 other VIP (MD state Senator & Rep):   

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