Seat-Sharing Incident at State of the Union Ends in Grimm Joke

Rep. Jim Himes to mistaken reporter: “Please meet me at the Cannon balcony.”

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y.
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Sarah Mimms
Jan. 29, 2014, 10:27 a.m.

Re­pub­lic­an Rep. Dav­id Valadao was sup­posed to be Demo­crat­ic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s date from the oth­er side of the aisle at the State of the Uni­on Tues­day night. But dur­ing the pres­id­ent’s speech, he was up­staged by Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, who, see­ing that the seats next to Sinema were full, squeezed in be­side her.

Schock and Sinema, two of the young­est mem­bers of Con­gress, were spot­ted snap­ping selfies on the House floor, with Schock perched on the edge of Sinema’s seat. Those pho­tos still haven’t sur­faced on so­cial me­dia, but the con­gress­man tweeted a photo of him­self with Sinema and two oth­er mem­bers of the Ari­zona del­eg­a­tion, Demo­crat Ron Barber and Re­pub­lic­an Matt Sal­mon, be­fore the speech.

Schock oc­ca­sion­ally stood with Demo­crats dur­ing the speech to al­low Sinema to get up and ap­plaud, Roll Call‘s Matt Fuller re­por­ted on Twit­ter. Fuller, however, con­fused Schock with Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., and later apo­lo­gized.

But Fuller’s apo­logy came too late for Himes, who is­sued a chal­lenge to the re­port­er Rep. Mi­chael Grimm, D-N.Y., earn­ing him­self the con­gres­sion­al Tweet of the Day.

The con­gress­man fol­lowed up with an­oth­er joke, par­ody­ing Grimm’s “I’ll break you in half” threat to a re­port­er.

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