Van Hollen visit.


I can not believe this happened today, but I met with Congressman Van Hollen today and asked for his support on the Rett Syndrome earmark.

His legislative aide, Ray Thorn, carved out about 20 minutes of his day to talk about the IRSF earmark and about the way earmarks get approved. I was impressed that Ray had spent some time researching the earmark and when it will be voted on and then the Congressman came in for a minute and said hello and shook my hand, which is when I delivered my “ask” and he said that he would support it! I wasn’t expecting such a definitive statement right then and there, but there you go.

I’m flabbergasted that I got any time with these people – that Chris Van Hollen (the Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – the 5th highest ranking position among House Democrats, the money man) basically made a detour in his extremely busy day to see me. I am amazed. It never occurred to me that a little guy like me could send some emails and end up meeting with the Congressman.

So there it is. Call your Congressman and make an appointment to talk about stuff that is important to you.

I did not get a chance to take a photo with the Congressman (I was too chicken to ask, but I’m sure he would have done it), but I have a fascinating photo of the cafeteria of the Longworth House Office building where I ate a cheeseburger before my meeting.


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