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October 28, 2013 7:12 AM   Subscribe

The unexpected death of U.S. Representative Edgar Englewright (VA-14) launches the beginning of a whirlwind morning for Chief of Staff, Elliott Clarice, and his happy band of misfits.

Cap South, possibly the only "TV" show ever actually filmed on Capitol Hill (with a 202 voicemail to prove it), just wrapped up its first season.

Episodes
Constituent Calls
Attack Ads
posted by Potomac Avenue (6 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
I've never heard of this show before. The site you linked to (under "band of misfits") makes it look like a comedy. Is it Internet-only? Who's paying -- a big studio trying to look indie, or a small outfit? I am curious!
posted by wenestvedt at 7:29 AM on October 28, 2013


Looks like it's completely homemade!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:44 AM on October 28, 2013


This is actually pretty good. Not quite ready for prime time, but solidly amusing.
posted by dortmunder at 8:12 AM on October 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sadly, 202-350 isn't even a number in DC (I think it's somewhere in Prince George's county). No clue what the House uses, but all Senate numbers began with 202-224 and 202-228. No clue if they had their own block of mobile numbers though...

I quit my job on the hill about a month ago. It's an odd place. The reputation that it has is almost completely wrong and inaccurate, but I'm also not sure that the reality is all that much better...

One thing that's almost universally true though? Nobody makes any money on Capitol Hill. Even congressional salaries are pretty damn low when you consider the duties and baggage that come with the job.

The upshot of this is that the turnover is ridiculously high, and that any long-term employees either can't find a better salary elsewhere, or (much worse) doesn't need to.
posted by schmod at 8:18 PM on October 28, 2013


congressional salaries are pretty damn low

Well, considering they only work half the year, maybe they can get a part time job working nights and weekends like the rest of us.
posted by Blue_Villain at 9:27 PM on October 28, 2013


Well, considering they only work half the year, maybe they can get a part time job working nights and weekends like the rest of us.

I suppose this may depends on how safe one's district is and various other factors, but I worked for a vulnerable Democrat trying to hold on to narrowly-won seat, and his weekends and recesses were non-stop town halls and one-on-one constituent meetings, and his evenings were full of fundraising calls, so the idea that it's a part-time job is completely laughable to me.
posted by naoko at 10:33 AM on October 29, 2013


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