A House GOP aide said her boss was pleasantly surprised to spot one seemingly unflappable early bird buzzing about 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Friday morning: Rep. Ralph M. Hall.
According to our tipster, the bright eyed and bushy tailed Texas Republican, who was edged out of office Tuesday by primary challenger John Ratcliffe, was busy showing constituents around the White House before 8 a.m. (which is WAY earlier than some gossip columnists roll out of bed).
Our spy said the boss didn’t recall bumping into the nonagenarian lawmaker all that often around the Oval Office.
“He’s not among the ‘regular’ members that my boss will run into for WH tours,” the aide suggested, listing Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and John Shimkus, R-Ill., as the most familiar faces to her employer. “My boss was more just impressed with the good action given the week he's [Hall] had.”
Per Team Hall, it’s just business as usual.
“Rep. Hall enjoys spending time with constituents visiting D.C. and accompanies constituents to the White House whenever possible,” spokeswoman Adrienne Rimmer said of the four person group Hall showed around this morning. That reservation actually came in Tuesday morning, Rimmer specified, adding that the office confirmed the visit Wednesday.
And Hall, apparently, has no plans to stop giving his supporters a peek inside official Washington.
According to Rimmer, the office calendar is rapidly filling up with tour requests — 15 confirmed, 46 pending and four still being vetted, all for June — and the summer’s only just begun.
“He [Hall] enjoys serving 4th District constituents and will be working just as hard on their behalf the next six months as he has during the past 33 years,” she asserted.