Friday, January 31, 2003

from the Houston Chronicle:
Two freshman lawmakers from Texas, Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic Rep. Chris Bell of Houston arrived shortly before Bush's speech began, shunning the get-there-early-if-you-want-to-be-on-TV strategy of other lawmakers.

"I figured as a brand new senator they'd probably put me in the back, where I couldn't be seen," Cornyn said before the speech.

"My constituents will know I'm working hard for them even if they don't see me on TV," said Bell, a former radio reporter turned lawyer turned politician.