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Way to Go Mr. Congressman!

June 13th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

The Hill

Has it now come to this, that in order for the perpetual back bencher to garner any attention, he must resort to discussing his dental work with a reporter? Way to go Mr. Congressman!

Rep. Clay’s Braces Come off — For Good

By Betsy Rothstein

The metal wires on Rep. Lacy Clay’s (D-Mo.) bottom teeth were the remnants of his sentence with braces — until last week. Now, he can flash his pearly whites. His teeth are free and clear of wires.

“Freedom,” he gushed about his newly emancipated chompers. “I can chew gum easier. I don’t feel those tracks rubbing against my gums.”

Clay’s braces came off prematurely. “I went in to my dentist and insisted that they take them off,” he said last week. “I was sick of them. After getting them tightened, they would hurt and irritate my gums.”

His teenage daughter, Carol, who also had braces, first inspired Clay to get them. Hers have been off for months, and she recently flashed her newly beautiful smile at the First Lady’s Luncheon, where she was chosen to be a hostess by the Congressional Wives Club.

“It was time to do something else,” Clay said, explaining why he had to have the braces off.

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