UPDATED 1:57 p.m. CHICAGO TIME
LAS VEGAS, NV.--Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) will deliver his farewell address to the House he has long served in Thursday afternoon. His chief of staff, Sam Lancaster, sent around a message this morning asking friends to pack the House gallery. Hastert's speech will be about 1:30 p.m. Chicago time.
Hastert decided not to seek another term last August. Hastert announced from the House floor he will resign early, before the end of the year. Dallas Ingemunson, a longtime Hastert paly. Hastert will resign early enough so there will be a special election in the Feb. 5 primary to fill his term. Hastert is lunching today with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
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From: Lancaster, Samuel
Sent: Wed Nov 14 17:01:08 2007
Subject: Speaker Hastert's Farewell Speech
Hey everyone. Tomorrow, Thursday, November 15, Speaker Hastert will
deliver his farewell address on the House Floor. Many people have
called me to express interest in seeing him do this from the House
gallery. We have secured space for people who are interested.
So.... If you want to do this, please let me know.
Speaker Pelosi's office is telling us that it will happen at
approximately 2:30pm; however, I suggest you be in the gallery by 2:10,
which means you need to pick up your gallery ticket in H-164, The
Capitol by 2:00pm at the latest (1:45pm would be preferable). As you
know, timing is never perfect around this place.
Thanks everyone, and PLEASE, email the many others in this town I have
probably left off this email that you think would want to do this.
Chief of Staff
Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert
H-164, The Capitol