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What They’re Saying: Rokita A “Diva,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “He Is The Elite”

By now you’ve probably read Congressman Rokita’s extensive, 8-page memo detailing his chauffeur’s demands “that makes even Mariah Carey look low maintenance.”  Now check out what Hoosiers are watching and reading about Rokita in Indiana and across the country:

WPTA: Rokita Is The Elite. “His campaign slogan is ‘defeat the elite,’ but a new political report has some thinking he is the elite…drivers are also expected to have a laundry list of little luxuries.”

IN Focus: The GOP’s Nastiest Primary, Rokita’s Rules For The Road.

WISE: Rokita Claims He Wants To ‘Defeat The Elite’ Despite Driving Memo. 

Tristate Homepage: Rep. Rokita Has Eight-Page Instruction Manual for His Chauffeurs. “Rep. Rokita’s driver is expected to transport toothbrush and toothpaste, along with a 20-item supply box containing gum, hand sanitizer, business cards, bottled water, napkins and Kleenex, a stapler, a stapler remover, Post-It notes, Shout wipes, and other items.”

The Journal Gazette Editorial: Smooth travels look unlikely. “U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita has a catchy campaign slogan as he slugs it out for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly next year: ‘Defeat the Elite.’ But even the elite might be surprised at the details of a document Politico Magazine revealed Friday in an article it titled ‘The agonizing, 8-page memo on how to chauffeur a congressman.’”

Indy Star, Tully: 5 questions about Indiana’s crazy Senate race. “The memo reads like a chapter in the book, ‘How to be a Diva’ It could form the script of an episode of ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Out of Touch.’ And the timing couldn’t be worse for Rokita, coming just after the career politician unveiled this doozy of an campaign theme: ‘Defeat the elite.’”

The Journal Gazette: Many must-haves for Rokita drivers. “U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, who seeks the Republican nomination for a Senate seat from Indiana, is quite the stickler for detail when traveling…Edson blamed Rep. Luke Messer, R-6th, a Rokita rival for the GOP Senate nomination, for leaking the instructions list.”

Indy Star: Rokita’s drivers must have toothbrush, coffee, nerve, Politico reports. “‘Pity the poor aide charged with driving Rep. Todd Rokita around his district,’ reads the headline on Politico’s story…Messer  jabbed Rokita with a tweet about the guidelines for his drivers.”

New York Post: No-name congressman thinks he’s a big deal. “It’s a list of demands that makes even Mariah Carey look low-maintenance.”

Washington Examiner: Driving Mr. Messer: Indiana congressman mocks Rep. Todd Rokita’s 8-page chauffeur memo. “The devil wears Prada and Rep. Todd Rokita takes his coffee black, needs access to gum at all times, and can’t stand unnecessary chit-chat with staff.”

New York Daily News: Leaked memo reveals this congressman’s ridiculous demands of chauffeur. “Please don’t bother this congressman with your ‘unnecessary conversation.’ Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita requires his chauffeur to keep close watch on his toothbrush, among many other ridiculously specific and detailed tasks outlined in a leaked, eight-page memo written by his staff and obtained by Politico.” 

TPM: GOP Rep’s Instructions To Aides: No ‘Unnecessary Conversation’ In The Car.  “Rep. Todd Rokita’s (R-IN) instructions for his handlers have been published by Politico — and they’re extensive.”

Money Magazine: Read the Intense, 8-Page List of Instructions for Chauffeuring a Congressman. ”Every time the driver picks Rokita up, he or she must have a cup of black coffee for the congressman, empty Rokita’s trash bins, and turn the car around for a quick departure when Rokita gets in.”

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