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After a beautiful, contemplative morning at Mount Vernon, we scurried onto the bus to head up to Capitol Hill. We had a scheduled meeting with Congressman Russell Fry (the man who unseated Tom Rice in the 2022 election), but due to some parental meddling, we also had a meeting with Senator Lindsey Graham, the senior senator from South Carolina. These meetings ended up being scheduled for the same time, so I found myself on the phone with Fry’s aid to sort out the particulars.
Our tour guide Denise was on edge because of the overlapping times, and was particularly concerned about us meeting with Fry on the steps on the House of Representatives side of the Capitol Building, then quickly relocating to the Senate steps. The distance is probably two or three football lengths—not a very far walk at all. Apparently, though, senators don’t like crossing over to the House side, because they’re somehow demigods.
Of course, she underestimated the kind of clout (and, likely, political donations) that our parents command, and pretty soon Miss Lindsey would be sashaying our way.
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