Congressmen say ‘Merry Christmas,’ rejecting political correctness [VIDEO]

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      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

Republican Reps. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Tom Reed of New York told The Daily Caller that they disagree with the Congressional Franking Office banning “Merry Christmas” in official mail — and wished TheDC’s readership a “Merry Christmas.”


“I will say Merry Christmas to you now. I will say Merry Christmas to you on the day of Christmas and I’ll say Merry Christmas to every one of my constituents back in the 29th Congressional District. It’s what the holiday’s all about and it’s about also recognizing the other holidays, you know, Happy Hanukkah,” said Reed.

“You deal with that political correctness. I have seen that and I’ve dealt with that, you know, people trying to say ‘oh, you need to be more sensitive to the political correctness of the holidays’ and to me, that’s not who we are.”

Rep. Lankford told TheDC, “Let me just start by saying this to anyone who’s watching, Merry Christmas to you as we look forward to the year but it was a frustrating thing to me to get a message from the Franking Office here in the House that just said, here’s the things that you should say. … From our e-newsletter that’s going out, we have a lot of things that we send out every time, it’s the Christmas week, we’re going to mention Merry Christmas on it.”

The ban has not stopped Republican Congressman Steve Womack of Arkansas from singing Christmas carols at the Capitol.

“I’ll be home for Christmas,” he sang during a press conference this week, when expressing disapproval of the Senate leaving town during the payroll tax cut debate.

Democratic Michigan Rep. Sander Levin told TheDC that he wasn’t familiar with the rule.

“They don’t want us to send out holiday cards with government postage so I haven’t seen the memo but I’ll take a look at it,” he said.

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