Republican Staffer Tries to Steal Plasma TV From Hearing Room

Too funny. Talk about the politics of crime, via Wonkette who got it from Roll Call: A legislative staffer for Barney Frank caught a Republican staffer stealing a plasma TV from a hearing room in the Rayburn building. An update via e-mail to Wonkette suggests it's not a lowly staffer:

just found out this guy is NOT some lowpaid staff a**...he's the f**king republican chief economist on the small bidness committee!!!!

Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 1:08 PM Subject: FW: : FYI
Just to make you all aware... Last evening around 10:00 p.m. a person was apprehended by the Capitol Police stealing one of our brand new large plasma TV's from one of our committee rooms in 2220 Rayburn. At the beginning of the month, the old plasma TV had been taken from the room and had been reported missing. One of our staff came in late to do some work last night and caught the person taking the TV in a box from the room. Our staffer tried to stop the gentleman and he started to run away down the hall. When our staffer pursued him further down the hall, the person dropped the box and dolly and took off down the stairs. Our staffer followed him. At the bottom of the stairwell they encountered a detail of Capitol Police and FBI doing planning for the Inauguration. The police in turn pursued this person and made an arrest.

It turns out that this person is a professional staffer at the Small Business Committee. The police believe that he took both TV's and may be implicated in other missing equipment from the building.

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