Jefferson Smith Goes International

Capitol Currents:

Jefferson Smith, Oregon's internationally famous state representative, can now add National Public Radio to his list of admirers. The Portland Democrat was interviewed on the national broadcast of All Things Considered this afternoon. Unlike the BBC, however, NPR did not ask Smith if his prank "made him what they call a fratboy." (For the record, Smith told the BBC that he is not a fratboy.)So how is Smith handling his 15 minutes of fame? Well, he's still showing up for votes on the House floor. But it seems as though the crush of publicity is growing so fast that he's calling in reinforcements. A colleague of mine who covers the Washington legislature in Olympia forwarded me an email today from a New York based publicist who promises that "Jefferson is available for booking to talk about the project and the potential of using humor/fun to bridge the partisan divide."

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