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Anyone have a phone number for Hillary?

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Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A Democratic Hill staffer had just one simple request: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s digits.

Buzzfeed’s Evan McMorris-Santoro was leaked an e-mail circulated to Democrats Thursday morning. The note was sent from a staffer in Rep. Steve Cohen’s (D-Tenn.) office. Craig Dulniak, Cohen’s director of operations, wrote in the subject line: “Phone number for Hillary Clinton,”  and then framed it as a question in the the body: “Does anyone have a good phone number for Hillary Clinton?”

(Courtesy of Buzzfeed)

In 2008, Cohen was a Barack Obama supporter. One might recall that he compared Clinton to the vengeful Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction,” and then drew the ire of women’s groups, although he did apologize.

We have so many questions. It’s a good bet that it was the congressman himself who was hoping to reach Clinton. But why? And importantly, did he get her number? And can we have it too?

We called Cohen’s office to ask Dulniak this; we were forwarded to the press secretary’s voice mail.

UPDATE: We spoke with Ben Garmisa, Cohen’s spokesman, who would not provide any information about the Clinton call. But he did let us know that staffers “regularly” reach out through the Hill’s internal system seeking contact information for various reporters and public figures. His office’s request, he said, is “not uncommon.”

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.



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