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Hearing from Harold

Former Miss America visits capitol, talks campaign and crown.

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Sept. 26, 2013, 7:27 a.m.

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
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