BY SAM FIELDS
Frederica Wilson, Miami’s freshly minted Democratic Congresswoman, has a problem. Congressional decorum prohibits the wearing of hats on the House floor.
Hats are Wilson’s personal trademark.
Special note to Congresswoman Wilson. You need to channel the late Bella Abzug who loudly and proudly represented portions of Manhattan’s liberal west side from 1971 to 1977.
Hats were also Bella’s trademark. I have one of her campaign buttons which is solely a picture of a hat. That’s all you needed to show your support.
Like Wilson, she was given advanced warning. Bella’s came from The Doorkeeper; a fellow with the interesting moniker of William “Fishbait Miller.
She saw the rule as pointless and discriminatory against women.
The first time she walked on the floor Miller reminded her of the rule.
Her response was simple, clear and straight forward:
“Fuck you Fishbait!
No one, ever again, bothered her about her hats.
(Fields was a law student and lobbyist in Washington for more than a decade. During some of this time, Abzug served in Congress.)