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Frederica Wilson bows to House rules and doffs her trademark hat



a4s_nohat120310_152349c.jpgWASHINGTON — Mortified by the media storm over her desire to keep wearing her signature hats, incoming U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson says she's ready to come to the Capitol sans chapeau.

"There are too many serious issues affecting people, like foreclosures," Wilson said Thursday, after weeks of coverage about her propensity for wearing colorful hats and matching suits. "People need jobs, people need health care. They don't need to be discussing my hats and my outfits. That should not be the news of the day.

"I am going to go into Congress, and whatever the rule is now, I will abide by that," said Wilson, who previously said she was going to ask incoming House Speaker John Boehner for a waiver of a House rule banning hats on the chamber floor. "I will observe the law of the land." (story here)

[Last modified: Friday, December 3, 2010 9:51am]


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