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Heard on the Hill: King’s Parting Shot

Note to all raccoons out there: Don’t try to crawl your way into Rep. Steve King’s house. He’ll mess you up.

The Iowa Republican set the Twittersphere all aflutter last week after he posted this message: “Mid day, mid blizzard, 15 degrees, Crazy Raccoon chewing and clawing his way into my house. Desert Eagle 1, Crazy Raccoon zero.”

And because a story that involves a potentially crazed critter, a Congressman and a high-powered semiautomatic pistol can’t quite be summed up in 140 characters, HOH chatted with King on Friday to get the full story behind the now-infamous shooting.

King told HOH that the saga began when his wife, Marilyn, first saw the raccoon — which King described as younger and midsized — trying to crawl its way into the couple’s Iowa home. King was concerned the animal might be rabid, he said, because he had never seen a raccoon so close to the house in the winter.

But the raccoon disappeared until Feb. 9, when King, sitting in his family room on a conference call, spotted it again trying to weasel its way into the house. And he immediately sprung into action.

King grabbed the Desert Eagle — “It’s the one I had handy,” he told HOH — and went after the raccoon, which fled. But King caught up, fired and killed the creature.

“We can’t have an animal that might be sick, might be rabid, out there,” King said, adding that his granddaughters often play in the area where he spotted the raccoon. “That’s just what has to happen when you live out here in the country.”

But King insists he isn’t an animal hater, pointing out that his family often spots animals such as deer, squirrels and rabbits frolicking on their property. “We appreciate the wildlife,” King said.

But “I can’t have a crazy ’coon,” he added.

Senate Snow Business. There’s snowpocalypse, snowmaggedon, snOMG and now — for the nerdy Congressional set — “snowmination.”

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) chaired the first official Senate hearing held after last week’s blizzard, a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on six nominations to the federal district court. And in keeping with the wintry weather, Klobuchar dubbed the committee meeting the “Snowmination Hearing.”

Just holding the hearing was a big accomplishment, considering most Congressional business was canceled last week because of the snow. But a spokeswoman told HOH that Klobuchar — a hearty Minnesotan who has seen plenty of the white stuff — joked “neither rain nor sleet nor snow could keep me away from this hearing,” a jab at the United States Postal Service (which canceled some of its mail deliveries during the big storm).

And although Klobuchar proudly attended to her Senatorial duties, spokeswoman Erikka Knuti said the Senator admitted the blizzard would be considered a snowstorm even in Minnesota.

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