The Missouri Republican slipped on some ice last week walking out of a Cape Girardeau, Mo., bakery and broke her left arm.
“The brownies survived perfectly; I didn’t,” Emerson says.
Now she is forced to do day-to-day tasks, such as getting dressed, with one arm. She gets her daughter and staff to help her with the things she can’t do on her own, and in some cases, she pays someone else to help.
“I can’t wash my hair,” she explains. “So it’s busted my budget because I have to go get my hair washed everyday.”
She adds that either her daughter or a staffer help her put her Member pin on each morning.
“I am the most independent person, and for me to have to ask anybody else to help me with anything is just so anathema,” she says.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.