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How to Stay Out of HOH

As loyal readers of this venerable column know, we are blessed with ample material. The trials, tribulations and pratfalls of members of Congress and their staffers provide a seemingly endless supply. Who could forget, for instance, the staffers for Rep. Steven M. Palazzo, R-Miss., who tried to bribe an Annapolis property manager with pecans after trashing her rental property? Good times. Great copy.


So we are intrigued by news that CQ Roll Call is launching a new feature, Hill Navigator. It will advise congressional staffers and would-be staffers on how to manage workplace issues on Capitol Hill, including how to conduct oneself in the office, how to handle awkward situations, how not to bribe, etc. It sounds like it could serve as a guide to staying out of the pages of HOH.

We have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, we want people to get good counsel on how to conduct themselves professionally. On the other hand, we crave fun stories.

While we might be depriving ourselves of some choice scoops, we’d like to wholeheartedly endorse our new sister feature, Hill Navigator. If that sounds weird, remember how human nature works. Just because someone gets good advice doesn’t mean they’ll follow it.

For questions, suggestions, advice or anything else, send an email to Hill Navigator.

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