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New lawmaker hopes to pull veil on hat ban


UPI News Service, 11/30/2010 

Federica Wilson, Florida's new congresswoman, may not wear all her hats at once as the "Caps for Sale" peddler, but may have trouble donning one in the House.

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Wilson, a Florida state legislator known for her collection of fancy hats, says she's trying to ask Speaker-apparent John Boehner to waive a House rule that bars members from wearing hats while the chamber is in session, The Miami Herald reported Monday.

"It's sexist," Wilson said of the rule. "It dates back to when men wore hats and we know that men don't wear hats indoors, but women wear hats indoors. Hats are what I wear."

She said people "get excited" when they see her hats.

"Once you get accustomed to it, it's just me," Wilson told the Herald. "Some people wear wigs, or high heel shoes or big earrings or pins. This is just me."

She managed to show off at least one hat in Washington when she arrived for orientation wearing a sequined black cowboy hat.


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