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February 12, 2016

A Little Love Goes a Long Way for Neugebauer Staffer

Valentine’s Day isn’t over in some corners on the Hill, even as lawmakers spend this week’s recess back in their districts.

Anyone keen/crazy/bored enough to wander the sleepy halls of the Longworth House Office Building on Tuesday would have undoubtedly noticed a big, old heart-shaped box of chocolates, complete with a giant rhinestone on top, slip into the office of Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas.

Neugebauer aide Carole Richmond was carrying the box.

Staffer Carole Richmond

(Julie Ershadi/CQ Roll Call)

She told HOH the chocolates were a gift — less than $50 worth, another staffer assured us with a laugh — from a constituent living in Lubbock, Texas.

The constituent, a pastor, had asked Richmond to secure her tickets to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. When the Texan wasn’t able to attend, Richmond sent her the official invitations as a keepsake anyhow, the aide said.

“I just mailed her a couple for her and her children, and she sent me a box of chocolates,” she said.

Richmond, a high school math teacher in Texas before coming to the nation’s capital, said the constituent calls her her a guardian angel for all the help she’s given.

Isn’t that sweet?

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