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Senator Angus King Takes a Selfie While Stuck in a Capitol Elevator

Is that a look of panic on Senator Angus King’s face? Claustrophobia maybe? A little too close to his constituents? That’s the look of a man stuck in a tiny United States Capitol elevator and the best part is he jokingly blames the Russians.

King snapped a selfie and posted it to Instagram when the elevator came to a dead stop and stayed that way for 15 minutes while he pushed the alarm bell several times. A fellow senator stuck with him called his office for help but they thought he was kidding.

One comment on Instagram had a request of the Senator: “You’re quite important to us right now. Would you mind taking the stairs?”

Hey, at least he’s got a great sense of humor.

OK, this is sort of a dorky picture, but it's a funny story. Was leaving the Senate floor after a vote and headed back to the office–when the elevator froze. As in no motion, doors locked closed, getting warm and absolutely chock full. The guy on the phone in front of me is Senator Jon Tester of Montana trying to summon help, but his office thought he was kidding; meanwhile, I was periodically pushing the alarm bell (did you ever notice that button?) hoping someone on the outside would figure out what was going on. Finally, after about 15 minutes (which seemed like at least an hour), a mechanic came and pried the doors open. Oh, and of course, one of the passengers was a reporter. Don't know what caused the problem, but my bet is it was the Russians. #uscapitol #jontester #stuckelevator

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