President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address is about an hour away and, once again, lawmakers are choosing bipartisan seatmates for the speech. The Politicker reached out to several of the members of New York’s Congressional delegation and found out who they’ll be sitting with at tonight’s event.
Senator Chuck Schumer will be sitting with the Senate leadership. New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, will be sitting with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. Senator Gillibrand and Senator Graham went to Afghanistan together in 2010 and have worked together on legislation.
Two of New York’s Congressmen, Charlie Rangel and Peter King will be sitting together for the second straight year. In an interview with The Politicker earlier this month, Mr. Rangel said he and Mr. King have enjoyed a close friendship in the past, but he hinted recent impasses in the House have made it difficult for them to socialize like they once did.
Congresswoman Nan Hayworth will be next to Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline. The pair co-chair the bipartisan Common Ground Caucus.
Rep. Gregory Meeks of Queens is planning to sit with Michigan Congressman Dave Camp. However, a spokeswoman for Congressman Meeks warned us those arrangements are “subject to change because they’re still working out the seating order.”
Congressman Bob Turner is sitting with Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney. They also traveled to Afghanistan together in October.
Congressman Michael Grimm and his frequent television sparring partner, California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, announced their plans to attend the address together last week. They declined to reveal who asked whom.