Most Congressional offices are known for going out of their way to welcome visitors. They typically keep doors open, make guest books available for visitors to sign and even offer treats such as candy or soda from the Member’s district.
But on Thursday, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s office didn’t appear to be in the welcoming mood.
The Minnesota Republican’s main office door was closed, with a paper sign posted to it that read: “Due to a full meeting schedule, our office is closed for walk-in appointments.” It also listed a phone number for people to call to set up an appointment at a later time.
Not exactly putting out the welcome mat, were they?
It appears, however, that the no-visitors sign was only temporary. Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben tells HOH that the Congresswoman’s D.C. staff was back in the district holding meetings and getting together with constituents, prompting the sign-posting. Staff members were still accessible by phone and e-mail, he adds.
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