Washington, D.C. and its surrounding environs in Virginia and Maryland is a very expensive area in which to live. Sometimes it can be extremely difficult for members of Congress, particularly those are new to town who aren't independently wealthy, to find suitable housing in safe areas. My own congressman, for example, Jason Smith of Missouri's 8th, brags that he sleeps in his capitol office because he doesn't want to get "too comfortable" in Washington - when, truth be told, his living arrangements probably have more to do with financial necessity than political idealism.
Neighboring Congressman Billy Long of Missouri's 7th, a former auctioneer from Springfield, has been in Washington since Roy Blunt left that seat for a spin in the Senate six years ago. Long, whose net worth is in excess of five million dollars, is probably able to afford his small apartment in our nation's capital.
But life for Missouri's two United States Senators is a bit more grandiose. Claire McCaskill, who is our senior senator and in her second six-year term, and her husband, St. Louis businessman Joe Shepard, purchased a condo in Washington, D.C. in 2014 for a pricey $2.7 million. The former cheerleader from Houston, Missouri, appears to be doing quite well for herself, thank you very much!
Our junior Senator, Ol' Roy Blunt, isn't doing so badly either. Blunt and his high-powered lobbyist wife, Abigail Perlman Blunt, own a seven-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home in Washington where they reside along with their young son. Blunt also owns a small condo in Springfield, Missouri, which gives him an official address in the state he is paid to represent in the Senate. (However, utility records indicate that the condo is seldom home to anyone.)
So, Missouri travelers who are planning a trip to Washington, D.C., instead of trying to patch together enough payday loans to stay at the new Trump International Hotel and sleep on mattresses made in China, call one of your United States Senators and ask about bunking at their house for a couple of days. They each should have plenty of room - and there is nothing quite so relaxing as staying free with friends.
And remember to tell Claire and Ol' Roy that Pa Rock sent you!