National Affairs: Goober's Girl

Oldtimers at the opening of Congress were surprised to see a small brown-haired girl, handsome as a magazine cover, pert in plaid jacket, black skirt and yellow hair-ribbon, chasing down the aisles of the House, talking to distinguished members, having her picture taken, carrying messages. She was Gene Cox, 13, eye-apple youngest daughter of Georgia's cantankerous Representative Edward Eugene ("Goober") Cox. Over the protests of Doorkeeper Joe Sinnott, who feared it would "get into the newspapers" and start a rush by other doting parents to have the same done for their girls, Father Cox had Gene sworn in as his House...

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