In the first of several episodes throughout the series' run that portrays ordinary Americans and how they interact with and ultimately affect the W.H., an Ohio middle school social studies teacher, a widower who has recently filled the brief remaining term of his late wife in the House, joins two other reps to meet with Toby and Mandy about changes to unfair rules in the U.S. Census written into the latest federal budget. The other two, career politicians, are completely resistant to the changes, but Mr. Willis is swayed by a potent argument Toby makes regarding "strict constructionism" (generally conservative and libertarian belief that the U.S. Constitution is not a living document, and must be followed as written, unless officially amended through standard 38-state ratification) and the 14th Amendment. Toby is impressed with the man and his open-mindedness. Elsewhere, Sam tutors C.J. on the finer points of the census. Late in the episode, the staff meets for a late-night poker ... Written by
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Mr. Willis has replaced his deceased wife in Congress as part of a real life practice called widow's succession. Although rare in modern times, this has occurred regularly in the early 20th century. In all these cases the widows were female however. See more
Mr. Willis is said to be taking his recently-deceased wife's place in the House of Representatives. While governors of most states are able to appoint persons to fill empty Senate seats to complete unexpired terms, this is not done for House seats. If a members of the House of Representatives dies or resigns, a state would have to conduct a special election to fill the seat. Mr. Willis could have been elected to take his wife's place, but he refer's to her having died only a month before, hardly giving enough time for an election to be called and conducted. See more
I thought we were here to talk about the census.
We are. The White House just wanted to take this opportunity to point out that you are criminals and despots.
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