We have exciting news for all of you who have been on tenterhooks (whatever that means) awaiting the results of the delegate race for the Northern Mariana Islands…
Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan will be going to Washington!
Sablan, an Independent, squeaked out a 357-vote victory over Republican Pedro A. Tenorio in a recount election that was finally decided last week. He intends to caucus with the Democrats.
The Northern Marianas Islands (previously best known for housing Jack Abramoff's slave-fueled sweatshops) is thrilled to be sending a delegate to Congress for the first time ever. Now, Sablan will get to join the ranks of delegates from the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam in not being able to vote on legislation. But at least they get to watch!
The only drawback will be Sablan's commute. A Fox News reporter caught up to him on Saturday for an exclusive interview…
I asked Sablan how one gets to Washington from the Northern Mariana Islands. He took a four-hour flight from the capital of Saipan to Tokyo. Then boarded a Northwest flight to Detroit. Then hopped a direct flight to Washington.
"I've been traveling more than 24 hours," Sablan moaned.
Good luck with that one, Delegate!
Tags: House of Representatives, Jack Abramoff, Northern Mariana Islands