Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has a little bit longer commute now that his offices are on the other side of the Capitol.
Appointed to the Senate December 31, the former congressman from Tupelo drives his tiny Toyota Paseo from his Virginia condo to the Senate side of the Capitol dome, encountering more traffic en route as he drives through a tunnel that backs up in rush hour. But, otherwise, the transition from House to Senate doesn’t seem to have been that difficult for the 13-year House veteran.
Well, except for that image thing. Wicker has noticed that his automobile doesn’t exactly fit in among the tony, more exclusive Senate vehicles. “It may be the rattiest car in the entire U.S. Senate,” he said.
Wicker, who faces a Nov. 4 special election to fill out the remainder of former Sen. Trent Lott’s, R-Miss., seat, sat for a recent interview with the Sun Herald in his trailer – yes, trailer – in temporary offices in the courtyard of the Russell Senate office building. (Senate archivists had to spend time in Lott’s office after he resigned.)