Rep. Ted Poe has conferred upon Rep. Matt Salmon one of the highest honors his office can help provide: He’s made his fellow Republican lawmaker an honorary Texan.
The Texas Republican said Salmon, who serves alongside him on the Foreign Affairs Committee — “We’re personal friends,” Poe said — shares several defining characteristics with native-born Texans. Poe said Salmon values independence. He’s fairly outspoken. And he displays that certain ruggedness required of those who reside in border states.
“I thought it was appropriate to make him an honorary Texan and give him dual citizenship,” Poe said of the surprise distinction for the Arizona Republican.
“It just gives him [Salmon] a little more dignity,” Poe quipped.
Salmon thought the entire thing was just a hoot.
Salmon is the first and only lawmaker Poe has petitioned to bring into the fold. He has, however, welcomed several members of his inner circle — including Gina Santucci, his New Yorker chief of staff, and Shaylyn Hynes, his Virginian communications director — into the extended family.
“I made all of them honorary Texans,” Poe said of his ongoing conversion efforts.