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Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Transcript

Roll Call is continuing Twitter Q-and-A sessions. In this edition, we talked with features writer Emily Heil.

She's a star in the newsroom and brings her vibrant voice to stories such as exploring the Congressional Black Caucus at 40 and detailing Robert and Erma Byrd's loving marriage. (And because this is a Twitter Q-and-A, after all, we must mention her recent piece on the tweeting food trucks.)

She's been with the paper for several years, including a nearly four-year stint as the Heard on the Hill columnist.

Follow her: @emilyaheil

Since it was on Twitter, of course, her answers were kept to under 140 characters. A transcript follows.

 

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Roll Call's @ prepares to take your questions in 3, 2, 1 ...

 

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Welcome to Roll Call's 13th Twitter Q&A w/ features writer @ has been here 4+ yrs, her pick for best Hill latte: Cups&Co/Russell

 

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Q1! From inside the newsroom: Are there any Members of Congress attending the royal wedding?

 

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A: None that I'm aware of. I'd nominate Frederica Wilson (D-FL) because she wears the best hats. Love to see her rock a Stetson ^@

 

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Q2! MT @: Has the WHCD gone TOO Hollywood? Is it even nerd prom anymore?

 

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.@ Depends on how you define nerd. Anyone who wants to hang out at the Hilton on a Saturday night = nerd (me included) ^@

 

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Q3! RT @: @ @ Which member of Congress, either House, gives the most open, no spin interviews? @

 

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.@ Depends on the subject. Debbie Wasserman Schultz always v. relaxed. As for off the record, I'm not telling! ^@

 

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MT @: @ -? for Emily Heil: who are the biggest celebs expected at ?

 

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.@ Seth Meyers is the MC. "Biggest" depends on demographic. Me? I'll be stalking/er.../trying to interview Paul Rudd ^@

 

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Q6! Emily, can you tell us about the novel you are working on?

 

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A: It's a Washington-set thriller about a young gossip columnist. Turning in revisions to agents now. Stay tuned. ^@

 

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Okay one last question for @ RT @: Okay, who is the most fashionable Member? Least?

 

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.@ Boehner is natty. Then there's Grassley's sweater vests (@). Least? We only have 140 characters! ^@

 

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Thanks so much to @ for our Q&A during recess. Make sure to her for updates & great stories.

 

Read our previous Twitter Q&A transcripts with Steven T. Dennis here, Jennifer Bendery here, Steve Peoples here, John Stanton here, Stu Rothenberg here, Paul Singer here, the talented photo department (Tom Williams, Bill Clark, Doug Graham and Andrew Satter) here, Ambreen Ali here, Kate Ackley here, Lauren Whittington here, Daniel Newhauser here and Kyle Trygstad here.

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