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Norton on Inaugural Tickets, Part 2

D.C. Wire reported yesterday that Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's office had been overwhelmed by calls from people looking for tickets to the Inauguration. By the afternoon that number was up from 1,000 to more than 2,000 calls and more than 1,000 emails.

Norton's office has tried to emphasize that no tickets are available but that's not stopping the enthusiasm and the desperate search for tickets. Norton's staff has decided to take the names of registered D.C. voters by e-mail only at nortoninaugurationrequests@ gmail.com. (Submit name, e-mail address, home address, and telephone number.)

Norton's office said in a news release that the offices of President-Elect Barack Obama has said the inaugural committee has not been formed but that 240,000 tickets are being printed to try to get ahead of people scalping free tickets.

The congresswoman's Capitol Hill offices were so overwhelmed that the staff from the District office had to be called in to help handle the deluge.

By Marcia Davis  |  November 7, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race , Inauguration  
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If you are a DC resident and email, you get this (don't hold your breath) response:
"Thank you for your interest in this historic presidential election.
Thousands of individuals who desire inaugural event tickets are
calling our office. We have talked to President-Elect Barack Obama's
office and have been informed that the presidential inaugural
committee has not been formed and no details have been discussed or
determined. We have been informed that relatively few tickets will be
made available to members of Congress. Nevertheless, we are taking the
names of registered D.C. voters only. (If you live elsewhere, contact
your representatives in the House and the Senate.) If you desire
tickets to any inaugural events please do not call our office. If
tickets become available we will e-mail you.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and President-Elect Obama
appreciate your interest."

Posted by: BrentwoodGuy | November 7, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Not anymore. Here's the message I just received:

Due to the to the extremely high demand for inaugural tickets Congresswoman Norton's office can no longer take names for the relatively few tickets that will be made available to Members of Congress. The Congresswoman is in discussions with President-Elect Barack Obama's office and other officials on how to best accommodate the high demand. Check www.norton.house.gov for details in the future.

Posted by: michellesperling | November 7, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I received the same message. I wonder why her office can't take the names and do some sort of lottery system.

Posted by: ABJD2010 | November 7, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I was one of the 1,000 who sent emails the day after the election. I don't think it is fair for them to throw out all of those email requests. It should be 1st come first serve. I understand it can be overwhelming for staffers, but after sending the email I was too late to try and resend one to the new email address they started asking people to send it to.

Posted by: kab6 | November 7, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Do you need a ticket to get past the security barriers(I remember those from protesting at the last Bush inaugural)? I'll just stand somewhere and cheer.

Posted by: AndrearKline | November 7, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

nortoninaugurationrequests@ gmail.com is not a government email address, it is a private unaccountable method of "steering" for favors - political and unauthorized misuse (gmail?). Like Ms. Palin, Ms. Norton will deny any knowledge when improper abuse is uncovered in her office, ( remember 1992 when her Congressional authority was recalled by the Congress) unfortunately, D.C. voters dig the same hole (reelecting unsavory personalities) over and over and over.
In fact this is the same political impropriety that the Gov. of Alaska and her staff performed - issuing non-government related internet identities which are PROHIBITED and lends to staff abuse through misleading political gerrymandering "who gets a ticket and who does not!"
This is method of securing "private" I-Net solicitation, personal preferences and offers based upon implied "litmus tests", and potential for graft. Typical D.C. modis operandi – is trickery.
The D.C. govt. and the Congress's official taxpayer services provide secure traceable communications through: www.norton.house.gov.

Oh, Although you can try, try, and try to have your voice through Norton, most already know it is a waste.

The venue under gmail is political capitalizing on President elect Obama by untoward life time ineffective untrustworthy worthlessness under govt. kleptocray in the U.S. Congress!

Posted by: eglobegus | November 7, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

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