Congressman Cliff Stearns, a Republican from Florida, asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reconsider any votes scheduled for Thursday. The reason: Stearns is hoping to go to college football’s championship game. Number-two Florida plays number-one Oklahoma in Miami. Pelosi’s office says there won’t be a change in the schedule. Among the issues to be considered: certification of the Electoral College vote that gives Barack Obama the presidency.
Stearns wrote, “As you may be aware, on Thursday January 8, the University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma will play for the national football championship. Members of the Florida and Oklahoma delegations have expressed interest in attending the game as the congressional schedule allows. However, votes are currently scheduled to continue into Thursday night and Friday afternoon. We ask that you move these votes to either Wednesday and/or Thursday morning to allow Members to attend this historic game.”
Oddly – or maybe not – none of the other members Stearns referred to as “we” signed the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press.
To help his cause, Stearns added a handwritten message to Pelosi.
“Madam Speaker – Kindly consider. Thanks, Cliff,” he wrote.
Poor Cliffie! Another dream shattered….
But let’s cut ol’ Cliffie some slack. After all, he has done some really stellar work in the House, where he’s been since 1989. Just check out this press release from 2007:
WASHINGTON, JULY 6, 2007 – Today Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) called on the House Energy & Commerce Committee to investigate allegations of rampant steroid use in professional wrestling. Said Stearns, “Between 1985 and 2006, 89 wrestlers have died before the age of 50. Of course, not all of these deaths can be attributed to steroid use. However, this abnormally high number of deaths of young, fit athletes should raise congressional alarms.
Raise the congressional alarms, Nancy Pelosi! But wait until after the big game.