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No Obama Tickets and Little Information in Norton's Office

The office of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton was flooded with more than 1,000 calls yesterday from people looking for tickets to the presidential inauguration. But answers to those questions are going to have to wait, the office said, until the party planners get seriously underway. Even then, Norton staffers said, there will only be a very limited amount of tickets. The staff knows its in for a challenge because the demand is definitely going to far exceed the supply of tickets that will be available for the festivities the week of Jan. 20, 2009.

Hamil R. Harris


"I have already been in touch with Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reids office," said Norton adding that the last time the Senate had more than 60 votes was in 1994. "You need 60 votes to make a bill veto proof. This means that there is no reason to delay District residents."
Norton's comments came on a day when she received more than 1,000 telephone calls from people asking about tickets to Obama inaugural events. Norton said that she has no information about inaugural events because the Obama campaign has not their offices of their inauguration committee yet.

But the never-the-less, Norton and her staff fielded hundreds of calls from people wanting to know about anything related to the inauguration.
"I had to bring people over from my District office to answer questions but we don't have any information," said Norton adding that the Obama campaign only named his legislative director yesterday.

Norton's also gave members of D.C. Council, hotel and restaurant associations representatives and residents from the community on tour of the new Capitol visitor center that after several years of construction is schedule to open next month.
"This is going to double the number of tourist that the U.S. Capitol receives," said Norton adding that inauguration of Obama will be another big economic boost for the city. "Every inauguration brings alot, but Obama will set a record."

Hamil R. Harris

By Hamil Harris  |  November 6, 2008; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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