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Congressman Clay: “Defender of the Interns”

June 19th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

Continued good work Mr. Congressman, two successive stories in The Hill no less. First your dental work, and now we learn you defend the common man and the lowly interns too. Have you ever thought of your own reality show after this Congress hobby has lost its appeal?

Rep. Lacy Clay Speaks Up for Intern Rights

By Daphne Retter

If White House lobbyists were looking forward to some bipartisan schmoozing with Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) at tonight’s Congressional Picnic, they might need to set their sights on another Democrat.

Clay was fuming last week after getting an electronic missive from President Bush’s legislative affairs shop disinviting his five interns from the event on the lawn at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Clay wanted to bring all five because he could not bring members of his family; they’re back home in St. Louis. So he sent their names and Social Security numbers to the White House to get them past the gate. But on Friday he heard back from the White House Office of Legislative Affairs: “Interns are not permitted to attend the picnic.”

“If family members cannot attend, members are allowed to bring one guest,” White House staffer Casey Watts Morgan said.
That really irritated Clay, who said his interns were really looking forward to the event.

“They may have uninvited me now,” Clay said.

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