Florida congressman Cliff Stearns asks Nancy Pelosi for football break

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    Jan 07, 2009 12:38 PM GMT
    Kinda pathetic in my opinion. Get back to work Cliff! What are we paying you for?

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Thursday's championship football game between No. 2 Florida and No. 1 Oklahoma is obviously a big game, but big enough to shut down Congress?

    Rep. Cliff Stearns hopes so. Stearns, a Republican from Ocala, wrote to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday asking her to move votes scheduled for Thursday evening and Friday so House members from Florida and Oklahoma can go to the Bowl Championship Series national title game.

    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.

    Pelosi's office said she would not agree to the request. Among the votes to be considered Thursday afternoon is certification of the Electoral College vote that gives Barack Obama the presidency.

    Stearns was first elected to Congress in 1988. While he didn't attend the University of Florida, his district includes the Gainesville area, where the school is located. The game is being played in Miami.

    A message left after hours at Stearns' Washington office seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

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    Jan 07, 2009 2:57 PM GMT
    Our TAX DOLLARS at work! Atta boi Sterns! You could represent me anytime! I love sports as much as the next this is just STUPID! Tivo the gash darn game!
  • GQjock

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    Jan 07, 2009 4:31 PM GMT
    Just another thing for me to be embarrassed about Florida for icon_confused.gif
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    Jan 07, 2009 4:32 PM GMT
    What a buncha shit....
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    Jan 07, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
    I'm glad this has been made public, and I hope similar situations down the road are as well. These members of congress need to be called to task on this sort of thing and reminded that they can be replaced. It's really a disgrace.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 07, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
    Dear Rep. Stearns,

    Watch it on television.

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    Jan 07, 2009 5:03 PM GMT
    I hope, I hope, I hope this was just a PR thing. Hey, football watching demographic in my constituency, I like football too! So you can ignore that I don't think Spanish speaking people should be able to fill out tax return forms, and I love making sure rich people keep their money so the poor folk pick up the tab.

    douche bag.
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    Jan 07, 2009 9:53 PM GMT
    I kept thinking the whole time I read it ...maybe there is a catch....maybe his son is playing ...I could understand he would like to go see him play in person...but this.....is just silly and OUTLANDISH! icon_mad.gif

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    Jan 09, 2009 11:31 PM GMT
    I'm sure if USC or some other California school had been playing she would have responded completely differently. She's such a fucking idiot! She's the absolute worst speaker of the house in the history of this nation!