Rest assured, those schoolkids serving as pages in the Virginia General Assembly are quickly learning the ways of politics.
Three fresh-faced middle schoolers, decked out in blue blazers and gray slacks, were seated one day this week on a bench in the Senate chamber, right by the spot where reporters sit.
There were a few minutes to kill before the Senate was gaveled into session, so I thought I’d say hello.
I asked how they were enjoying their stints as pages.
“Fine,” they said.
I asked what schools they attend.
“If you want to interview us,” one boy replied, “you’ll have to go through Mr. Finch.”
That would be Bladen Finch, director of the 34-member Senate page program and a former Senate messenger himself (Class of ’94). He was pleased to hear that his charges had mastered the art of “no comment.”
“As a part of their training,” Finch said, “we do train them on interaction with media.”