Reports of Jim Kolbe's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

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A report from Roll Call:


House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) was eager to eulogize ex-Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) — until, that is, he realized Kolbe wasn’t dead.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) proposed a measure Wednesday on the floor to name a post office after the 11-term former Congressman. She waxed so eloquent that Hoyer apparently thought the chamber was paying tribute to a fallen comrade. In somber tones, Hoyer wound up for a heartfelt tribute. “I had not heard of the death of my friend and colleague,” he began.

Almost immediately, someone gave him a sign that Kolbe was still alive. “Oh,” Hoyer said. “You’re naming a post office? I withdraw my remarks.”

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