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    An Update from the Washington Office

    Wednesday was a good reality check. I was joined by Michele, Sally, Laurie and Sally's son Bill. Together we represented Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and Tennessee. An aide in Rep. Van Hollen’s office was very helpful with some insights as to how we might redirect our efforts with a focus on the National Landmark/National Register status of the boat. He also hinted that having failed once in a procedural vote that we are not likely to overcome that 13 vote margin, and in fact the margin will likely widen on subsequent tries in the House. We are definitely up against Rep. Oberstar and his committee. The time-honored traditions of seniority are not in our favor. It was a very frank and candid discussion.

    Michele, Sally, Laurie and Sally’s son Bill and I then made the rounds to Reps. Clyburn, Hoyer and Pelosi’s office. Sally gets Miss Congeniality for her efforts to schmooze any and all who might talk with us in the halls and office, including on the elevators! She even tried an alliance with the anesthesiologists based on her conversation with one of them while we were in the elevator – what a trooper! Sally also walked into Rep. Heath Schuler’s office and managed to speak briefly with him. Unfortunately we couldn’t find her camera in time to get a picture. Michele also stopped to see a cousin who works in in Rep. Paul Hode's office (D-NH). An aide spoke briefly with us while we were there.

    I parted with Team DQ before they went to visit Sen. Specter’s office and count the signatures on the petitions. Later, Michele and Laurie reported that they were able to speak with Alex in Sen. Specter's office. Alex appreciated the background information since he has been receiving e-mails and letters in support of the Delta Queen. Michele and Laurie felt encouraged by this conversation.

    My thanks to all of you for coordinating this work out there in the field, and to Michele, Laurie, Sally and Bill who volunteered time to travel to Washington to make our voices heard. Vicki Webster has done a great job. Our latest delivery to Congress included spiffy red folders with lots of important fact sheets, prepared by Vicki.

    Upward and onward.

    Wesley

    #2
    THANKS for the update. Make a note that Van Hollen is a Democrat and voted against the exemption. Of course his office would put forth that propaganda!

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      #3
      I don't think there was a bit of proganda in our conversation with the aide in Van Hollen's office. In fact, as a voter in his District, I was quite proud of the way the aide handled his analysis of the matter.

      For better, and mostly worse, there is a reality about "how things work" in the Congress, and the Delta Queen is caught up in it again as she was in the 1960's with Garmatz and company.

      The second petition drop was yet another step in our efforts to keep the DQ before the leadership in Congress while the stars and planets line up behind a possible change in ownership. And hopefully that ownership will have the talent and resources to make things work in Congress.

      Wesley

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        #4
        There was an item this morning in Yahoo! news, with a quote by some representative. Not DQ, but at the end of this reps' interview, he said that "first and foremost, a rep's job is to get reelected". I'm sure if this person could see that and or realize what a Freudian slip he made, there would be a retraction. NOTHING about representing his constuents.

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          #5
          Bob,
          You want him to retract the TRUTH?? representing you constituants??? Huh???? :(
          I don't have much faith in congress anymore. And it's not just from the DQ campaign either, although that has helped erode my faith.
          S'
          David D.

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            #6
            I don't know who said this but possibly Mark Twain...

            "Politicians and diapers should be changed for the same reason."

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              #7
              Jim, I'm so sorry, very sorry, but I gotta add:

              Does that mean we need to PAMPER the politians? Would Mark Twain be proud of me...? Gawd, that is so corny...couldn't resist, he-he-hee

              I'm sorry folks, I was overcome with sillyness, try the veal, I'm here all week...

              ;-)

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                #8
                GET THE HOOK!!
                Bruno, why didn't I think of that one???
                :)
                S'
                David D.

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