GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) does not have a "date" to the State of the Union address and took to Twitter on Monday to lament his fate.
The second-term congressman said that the chairman of his committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of the Oversight and Government Reform panel, took his first choice. Then he wondered aloud if he could sit with First Lady Michelle Obama to avoid listening to the president's speech next to the outspoken Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.):
So I don't have a date to SOTU. Oh, how it is to be the ugly conservative. I see Rep. Issa is "going with" Rep. Towns. Towns was choice 1
If I sit with a RINO, does that count? Better not get stuck with Rep Weiner! Perhaps the First Lady needs a date?
Dozens of lawmakers from both parties have decided to eschew the tradition of sitting with members of their own party at the State of the Union on Tuesday night in a show of bipartisanship following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)
But some members of Congress are skeptical of the idea. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) recently voiced suspicion that the seating arrangement could be a political ploy by Democrats to prevent the new GOP majority from showing its strength.
"I believe firmly that it is a trap and a ruse that the Democrats are proposing," Broun said last week. "They don't want civility, they want silence from the Republicans. And sitting together being kissy kissy is just another way to silence Republicans and also to show, to keep the American people from seeing how few of them there are in the U.S. House now."
Second-term Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who starred in a 2009 CNN series with Chaffetz about congressional freshmen, tweeted that they could sit together:
@jasoninthehouse I'll be sitting with the R & D CO delegation, but u can join us, UT is a neighboring state!
It seems as if Chaffetz will think about the offer. "@jaredpolis @chrisgeidner Thanks, neighbor," he tweeted in reply.
As for Weiner's plans, here is what he said Monday on Twitter:
I'll be sitting on the GOP side of the aisle for the SOTU. But ill be standing and clapping mostly.
—This post was updated at 3:41 p.m.