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Continued: C.J.: Authors of 'Capitol Hell' say it's not about Norm Coleman, and he concurs

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 21, 2013 - 8:12 AM


Q Does Sen. Coleman return your phone calls?

A The senator always taught us to never leave the office until all calls and e-mails are returned. We’re sure he also practices what he preaches. We think he would answer. We just haven’t dialed.


Q Is it good or bad for selling books that Sen. McDermott is believed to have been modeled after Coleman?

A A good girl never kisses and tells, C.J.! We have never said that Sen. McDermott is modeled after our old boss. “Capitol Hell” is a work of fiction. Curious readers across the nation are eating it up.


Q If you go to work for another politician, do you anticipate having to sign a nondisclosure agreement as a term of employment?

A We are women who like high heels and carry the Constitution in our matching handbags. Nondisclosure agreements wouldn’t fly in public service offices such as in the U.S. Senate. But, for now, we realize that our time on the Hill could be over.


Q Have you ever heard of a senator in D.C. saying to a staffer: “Please start to care about my life. I don’t appreciate it when you make me late.”

A Guilty. I think most staffers on the Hill have experienced something similar. The Hill is a great opportunity that opens many doors. But, you also do anything that is asked of you or stated to you. The thicker your skin, the more likely you are to succeed.


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