House members try a DIY preemptive bipartisanship

The congressman scarfed down a stack of pancakes and bacon at a breakfast place near the water. He was preparing for a packed district workday.

First, an urban family center, followed by a town-hall-style session at a senior home. Then lunch and a tour of the University of Maryland hospital.

Nothing unusual about that schedule for a congressman who’s back working the district, but for Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), it was anything but typical. For starters, these weren’t his constituents. They were thousands of miles away, and these voters were almost the opposite of those he represents: In Chaffetz’s district, Mitt Romney got 78 percent of the vote in 2012. In this district, President Obama got 75 percent.

But here Chaffetz was.


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