Friday, August 07, 2009

Heard: What's a Health LA?

I work on K St. in government relations. Recently, I called up the office of a freshman Member who shall remain nameless. The conversation was as follows:

Me: Hi, could I please get the name of your health LA?

Intern: [Sounding annoyed] What?

Me: The name of your health LA?

Intern: [Seemingly disgusted at having gotten such a question] I don't know what that is.

Me: Oh, I was looking for the name of your legislative assistant who works on health issues.

[Dead silence]

Intern: Ummmmm let me put my associate on the phone, he can speak with you.

I would have understood some confusion if I had a more complicated request...but this was pretty basic!