As President Obama launches a three-day campaign aimed at wooing members of Congress, it's worth asking this question: why doesn’t Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) know who to talk to at the White House?

Cole was one of the first Republicans late last year to declare that his party would have to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans to resolve the fiscal cliff standoff. He supported passage of the bill offering aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy, and broke ranks to vote in favor of an updated Violence Against Women Act.

“I could not tell you right now who the White House director of legislative affairs is,” Cole said in an interview Monday. “You would think somebody might come by that we could get to know, who we could talk to. Maybe they are doing it somewhere else. I don’t see it.”