Southern girls often find Washington, D.C., and its non-Southerner transients to be a rude awakening from the charmed and genteel life they’re used to back home — doors being opened, bags being carried and the like.
Such was the case this past weekend when a young aide to Rep. Steve
Buyer (R-Ind.), who proudly claims she is a Southerner, had a run-in with Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), whom the aide described as “very rude.”
The young aide, who asked not to be named, said she went out looking for cab Saturday night. The aide, whom we shall call Miss Daisy, lives on Capitol Hill. She said she walked to the corner of New Jersey and Independence avenues Southwest to hail a cab to take her to Georgetown. As she crossed Independence toward the Capitol side of the street she noticed DeFazio standing on the corner, apparently waiting for a cab as well.
Miss Daisy said DeFazio asked her where she was going. “I told him Georgetown,” she explained to HOH in an e-mail, “and then I asked him the same and he responded, ‘Dupont.’”
After about five to 10 minutes, a cab came by and DeFazio took it. “He got in and over his shoulder said, ‘I would be polite, but I’m late to meet a friend,’” Miss Daisy wrote. “I replied (sarcastically), ‘Have a nice evening, sir.’”
Miss Daisy was and still is outraged. “WHAT MAN takes a cab over a WOMAN at 11:00 at night and leaves her standing there alone?” she asked in the e-mail, adding, “I am from the South and don’t let bad manners go, so that is why I am writing y’all.”
And here was the best part of her e-mail: “My boss would lay down in the road and die before he got into a cab before a woman.”
DeFazio’s spokeswoman, Kristine Greco, defended her boss, explaining that he had been standing on that corner for a good 15 minutes after working late before Miss Daisy walked up. “He asked her if she wanted to share a cab, but she said she was going in a different direction. So he hopped in and wished her luck,” Greco said.
Plus, she pointed out, that intersection is “one of the safest places in D.C. to hail a cab,” what with two guard stations and armed Capitol Police officers on duty 24-7. “It sounds like my boss needs to get a life if he’s working on the weekend until 10:30 p.m.,” she added, laughing. (Well, he certainly won’t have a life driving Miss Daisy!)
Stay tuned to find out whether Buyer would, in fact, really lie down in the road and die before getting into a cab before a woman.