Numerous networks were set up outside the building, and when they saw Claire, reporters ran up to her.
“Senator, we heard about the fire. But why are you here?”
Several people with mics were addressing her at the same time.
Kurt waved them off. “Excuse us, the Senator has a vote to make. If you’ll make room for an aisle for us to walk through, I’m sure you’ll get lots of great camera shots for your stories.”
They walked through the people and into the building, then came to the entrance of the chambers. Kurt stopped and took Claire’s hand. “Go get em’ Tiger. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you looking so beautiful.”
Claire smiled at all three of them, and said, “I’ll come to your office later, Kurt. And, Mac, don’t leave Rachel’s side today.”
Rachel told her that she’d be waiting with her camera man when she finished voting. “Then we can get you settled at the Marriott.”
Claire left her three fans and put her head high. Pretend you’re wearing a Versace suit, a pink one. And Anne Klein Shoes with a matching bag. She laughed inside her head. Shoes? She didn’t have any on, and her suit? Stop it, voice! I said pretend.
Claire placed her vote to give women the same pay as men, and looked up to see the people in the upper seats of the chambers. All eyes were focused in her direction, some of them cheering her on. She nodded at them, and began her promenade down the aisle to find Rachel.
She saw Clancy approaching, so stopped to wait for him. “Clancy, so good to see you.”
“What the hell, Claire? Go home and change for God’s sake. I’ve about had enough of your tricks. Have you lost your mind?” He scorned at her, “Poor Bill couldn’t make it today, he’s mourning the death of his wife. You remember, the lady whose husband you had an affair with?”
“Walk with me, Senator. I know a reporter outside that would love to get your story on her show.”
“What the hell? Claire, this week is nothing compared to what you’ll have to endure for months if you don’t vote with us.”
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