What's the talk in DC today? I hear it's this article...

Apparently an article in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader is getting some buzz in the beltway today. Which one? Not the Gorilla article, but the article on Congresswoman Herseth Sandlin's indebtedness:
In 2006, Herseth Sandlin owed between $15,001 and $50,000 on her Citibank credit card, her report shows. Her report a year ago showed the same. Citibank operates a credit card center in Sioux Falls and, with about 3,000 employees, is among the city's largest employers.

The congresswoman's spokesman noted that just over one year ago, Herseth Sandlin bought and furnished a home in Brookings. This spring, she was married, and she invested in the wedding.

"These kinds of events often cause South Dakotans to put a little extra on their credit card," Russ Levsen, deputy chief of staff, said.

Read it all here. Apparently the part about "investing" in her wedding to a DC Lobbyist is the part that's getting a few chuckles according to those in the US Capitol. Apparently it made insider publication "hotline"

I will say that it's good to see that our Congresswoman knows how it is for the rest of us poor schlubs as we trudge through our day to day lives. (Although, according to the salary note, she isn't doing too badly.) And that there's someone who might actually be paying on their student loans longer than I am.

In line with all of that, I'm not sure what the whole purpose of the article was. Yes, she owes money. So do the rest of us. It must be a slow newsday.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Apparently you don't understand women very well...Marriage IS an investment to us, our time, our labor, our hearts and usually our youth. And that isn't just a liberal point of view.

ps: I thought you LIKED women who value marriage above all...
Anonymous said…
I think it's fairly obvious to most that there is a difference between a marriage and a wedding.
Charley House said…
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Anonymous said…
The Herseth Sandlin story is widely misunderstood. Her disclosure was NOT that she currently owes $15k on her credit card. It is that, over the past year, she at any point owed AS MUCH AS $15k. This could simply mean that she charged $15k in one month, and paid it off at the end of the month.

I don't think Stephanie is so stupid, or cash-strapped, as to hold this large of a balance on her credit card for any length of time.
Anonymous said…
According to the story she owns one asset - livestock worth $1,001 to $15,000.

So what kind of farmer is she? She have a goat and a chicken? Two llamas? What is it Farmer Steph?
PP said…
jesus 9:25. That was incredibly out of line...
Anonymous said…
Typical borrow and spend politician.
Anonymous said…
3:11 Killer post, CH.

Signed: A fan.

(... albeit, one you might well wish you didn't have...)

BF
Charley House said…
Bill (1:55),

Thanks for the compliment. I'll take all the fans I can get.

CH
Anonymous said…
I don't think you report credit card balances that you pay off. I believe it is one that you owe for over a month.

Russ would call it an investment, they call tax increases investments too.

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