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Posted: Jul 29, 2014

DNC Chair: Pingree wins ‘most unique commute’ award

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Democratic National Committee

Before Monday's Democratic rally for Maine women, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her family spent Sunday evening at Rep. Chellie Pingree's home on North Haven.

Schultz not only got a taste of lobsters, but the Floridian also a taste of what it's like to commute from North Haven in quintessential Maine weather. The small island community of about 355 resident is located 12 miles off Rockland.

In her opening remarks, Pingree described the "circuitous" journey to Portland that morning.

"Of course the first thing that happened is (Schultz) got into my beat-up old car and the window had been open so the seat was soaking wet," Pingree said. "Then we had a rough ride on the ferry, which almost collides with a boat just before it gets to the landing. Then it took forever to find a car to drive down here. ... Then of course it was torrential rain once we got to Brunswick."

By the time they reached Portland, the city was covered in think blanket of fog.

Schultz said the commute made her realize how easy she has it.

"I did tell Chellie this weekend: You officially, I think, have the most unique commute of any member of Congress in the country," Schultz said. "It’s really a mind-blower. I don’t know that I will ever complain again about my little two-hour jaunt from South Florida to D.C. You win. Hands down."


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