Former Miss America Erika Harold (R) "met with GOP women in the nation's capital last week and took part in an event sponsored by Republicans for Black Empowerment." She sat down for an interview during the trip -- some tidbits below:
Harold, on the potential government shutdown: "I would not feel comfortable authorizing funding without having a sense of what that funding is going to be appropriated for. The Affordable Care Act has been unilaterally changed and certain aspects of it have been delayed and certain groups have been exempted. At this point in this time, it would be appropriating money for a program we don't fully understand. Some of the privacy protections that were supposed to be in place to protect people's sensitive medical data, I don't think they're fully in place. And some of the cost caps that were supposed to protect people from rising costs aren't in place."
On a former Miss America running for Congress: "I think it changes people's view about what it means to be in politics. Any time you have someone who's from a unique background running for office, it expands the conception of what's possible for people and makes them reconsider being engaged."
Asked whether she still has her crown: "Yes, I keep the crown in a little box. Contractually, once your year ends, you cannot be photographed wearing it again. It is an actual contractual obligation. And as a lawyer, I don't want to be sued, so I don't put it on anymore. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
-- Julie Sobel