By Betsy Rothstein - 06/14/06 12:00 AM EDT
Musgrave’s staff recovering nicely from dog-poop incident
The district staff of Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) is recovering as well as can be expected after recently finding an envelope of dog poop at her Greeley, Colo., congressional office.
“We’re fine,” said Musgrave’s chief of staff, Guy Short. “I don’t think we’re worried. Most people are good people, and good people don’t do these kind of things. [The congresswoman] thought it was disgusting, and it was.”
Musgrave’s staff used the blacked-out nine-digit ZIP code on the envelope to find the perpetrator, who turned to be none other than Kathleen Ensz, a Weld County Democratic volunteer who supports Musgrave’s Democratic opponent, state Rep. Angela Paccione of Fort Collins. Paccione’s campaign has denied any involvement in the incident.
Asked if Ensz has a reputation for being crazy, Short replied, “I think anyone who is delivering poop to a congressional office is crazy.”
Ensz, a college professor for 30 years at the University of Northern Colorado, is due to appear in court Aug. 8. While Musgrave has not pressed charges, the district attorney has.
But how was it determined that the feces was from a dog? “It’s my understanding that the lady who has our opponent’s sign in her yard also has a large German shepherd, Short said.
He added that the incident is nothing compared to Musgrave’s last campaign, in which she received death threats. Time magazine labeled the ads that ran against Musgrave in her last campaign the sleaziest in America.
“I guess that’s the silver lining of it,” Short said. “It’s disappointing that we’re only in June. If this is what we can expect in June then we’ll need to brace for what we’ll have to endure up until November.”
Hill intern-turned-model to marry Hilfiger’s nephew
Shannon Rusbuldt, 21, former intern to Rep. Mike Oxley (R-Ohio) and Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), is engaged to Joe Fredo, the nephew of clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger (his mother is Hilfiger’s sister). The couple got engaged on Keuka Lake in upstate New York during Memorial Day weekend.
Rusbuldt is the daughter of Bob Rusbuldt, CEO of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and a former Ways and Means Committee aide.
She met her fianc