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Ralph Hall, Accidental Tourist

To those who were wondering if Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas, was, in fact, lost while hanging at a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender soiree in Rayburn, the answer goes both ways.

“Last week, due to a scheduling error, I entered an ongoing reception, accompanied by staff, in the belief that we were attending a reception to honor a fellow congressman. One of the sponsors immediately greeted me, courteously welcomed us and offered refreshments,” Hall told HOH about the warm reception he received from Victory Fund folks June 5.

At some point, the worm turned.

“When I inquired about the congressman being honored, the sponsor did not know anything about that reception and presented his card. At that moment I realized that this was not the reception I intended to attend, and I put down my glass, thanked the sponsor, and told him we would be leaving,” Hall explained, adding, “Many of those in attendance probably were surprised to see me walk in, but were not surprised to see me leave quickly.”

The very fact that Hall felt he had to flee the scene is what made his mingling so stunning. But he still took us to task for calling him out.

“I am disappointed that Roll Call would find this noteworthy by juxtaposing my conservative record with this group’s agenda,” Hall huffed in his official response.

His point made, Hall drove the dagger in further by attacking our headline-writing skills.

“I would just say that while I do have a good head of hair for a 90-year-old, I do not have the quantity of hair, nor the inclination, to let it down,” he said of the “Ralph Hall Lets His Hair Down” headline.

Geez. Sounds like somebody could use a stiff drink.

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