Oh, Good, now we have Senator Squatter?

Heller 2What’s with Nevada Republican office-holders that they can’t seem to vacate their physical premises?  Back in November 2006 there was the spectacle of former Treasurer Brian Krolicki refusing to leave his “old” office and move into the one assigned to the Lt. Governor, and now we find Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) clinging mightily to his office space in D.C?

Talking Points Memo reports:

“Aides for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) have been unruly and uncooperative with staffers for other senators in an attempt to protect the coveted Capitol Hill office space currently claimed by the Nevada Republican, according to a report published online Sunday in Roll Call.”

Then there’s the Joke about offering a Georgia Senator $10,000 to relinquish his claim for a chance at the the inherited space (from former Senator John Ensign)? Apparently, the Heller Folk are now saying they were “just joshing.” [TPM]

Roll Call reports:

“Heller’s office said they have been flexible in showing the rest of the suite, but that because of the senator’s schedule, his personal office has been difficult to show. One other office confirmed having difficulty in seeing the Heller space and bizarre behavior by his staffers. But a spokesperson for Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who recently toured the office space, said there were “no problems whatsoever” and that it was a positive experience.”

OK, “the Senator’s schedule” is so full he can’t show the office to prospective office lottery participants?   During the month of January the Senate was in session on January 3 and 4, and didn’t resume until January 21st.  The Senate was conducting floor business from January 21st to January 24th.  They kicked back in on January 28th and continued until January 31st.

The Senate calendar was “busy” on February 4th, 7th, 11th, and thereafter until February 15th.  Break time again until February 25th through the 28th.  The calendar showed some business from March 4th through the 7th, taking up bills etc. again on March 11th. [GPO]

A couple of questions might be raised about this flap.  First, what’s so devastatingly important (other than fund raising) that the Junior Senator from the Sage Brush can’t find time to show colleagues the “real estate” on which he is squatting?  Secondly, can’t the real estate show be delegated to staff members?

Otherwise a person would be left with the indelible impression that not only is it difficult to vote out GOP/TeaParty office holders in Nevada, but it is exceedingly rigorous to get them to vacate their coveted space?

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