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Ryan Didn’t Recognize a Congressional Colleague of Three Years, Asked ‘What Do You Do?’

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-6-02-14-pmThere are 435 members of the U.S. House. It would be difficult to be able to recognize them all on sight, but there are surely many reporters and political nerds who do.

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, is not one of them. At least, he wasn’t last winter. The Sentinel & Enterprise revealed in an article posted yesterday that Massachusetts’ Representative Katherine Clark chatted with Ryan in an airport ahead of New Hampshire’s presidential primary. She introduced herself as “Katherine Clark of Massachusetts,” they talked about her support for Hillary Clinton, and then he hit her with, “So, Katherine, what do you do?”

She told him she is in the House, of course. In fact, she has been for three years now. According to Clark, he was “horrified” and explained that he hadn’t noticed the identifying pin congresspeople wear, which she had on that day. He demanded of his aide, “Did you know she was in Congress?”

“Well, I saw her pin,” said the aide.

Embarrassing! Maybe even more embarrassing than being roasted on Twitter for being a poor sport at the State of the Union Address.

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