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Fishing for staff, with a grin



You probably don’t need the Buzz to tell that our nation’s capital can take itself a tad too seriously, especially over at the Capitol. But if you’re looking for proof, Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, has taken some snarky digs after her office dared to slip a little humor into an ad for a legislative aide.

The ad, which was posted on the U.S. House job site and copied on other Capitol Hill job boards, says Brown-Waite “seeks a Legislative Assistant to handle her Homeland Security Committee work and other issues as assigned. Candidate must be hard-working, have a cheerful personality, be extremely well-organized, and know how to cook a delicious bass…. Please send cover letter, resume and recipes…”

“Delicious bass” is from a line in the 2004 cult classic movie Napoleon Dynamite (of which this Buzz poster admittedly is a fan). But Wonkette, the D.C. gossip Web site, took note of the ad under the headline, Help Wanted, Nerds a Plus.

It also got a mention in Heard on the Hill, Roll Call’s must-read gossip column, and several posters dissed the ad on The Capitolist, an on-line venue for Hill staffers.

Brown-Waite’s spokesman, Charlie Keller, says the joke was intended to send a signal about the kind of person the congresswoman wants to hire. “We want someone who has a sense of a humor and gets along with our staff,” he said.

And as for the request for recipes? Members of Congress are known to make all sorts of seemingly bizarre requests, he said. “We want someone who can follow instructions.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:04pm]


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