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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to Congress: D.C.'s 'not your podunk town... Get off our back'

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ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) has a distinct distaste for members of Congress who attempt to impose their will on the district, which nonetheless is under congressional oversight.

She’s been making the point for years, and so it was again Thursday during Norton’s appearance on NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk.

Specifically, she made the point that in most cases, lawmakers who meddle in district affairs live nowhere near Greater Washington. Some choose to live in the area after leaving office; most don’t. Yet, she noted, there’s a sense that they know more about the city than the city leaders do.

Her message to such lawmakers is simple:

“It’s not your home -- this is not like your podunk home,” she said, “so please get off our back.”

The proposal by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) to dramatically loosen, if not scuttle, D.C.’s gun laws? Norton’s not a fan, and wonders why someone who apparently is trying to broaden his national appeal and distance himself from a perception as a strident winger would make this move.

“Why he would reach into the district and try to do what the NRA did,” she said, “and (do away with the bulk of our gun laws?)”

The proposal by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) to gut by amendment the city’s decriminalization efforts about marijuana? Norton’s not a fan of that one, either. She points out the efforts are mostly to lower the high arrests that affect blacks far more than whites.

“We don’t think so highly (of) his interfering,” she said. “He failed in Maryland, so he wants to succeed here. . .to do what he could not do in Maryland.”

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