WASHINGTON — Rep. Steve Cohen, Democrat of Tennessee — or someone high up on his staff — was trying to track down Hillary Clinton Thursday and apparently hoped someone, anyone, would share her phone number with his office.
Cohen's Director Of Operations, Craig Dulniak, a senior member of Cohen's staff, blasted out an email to every scheduler on the Hill Thursday morning with a simple subject line.
"Phone number for Hillary Clinton," it read. The body was just as direct. "Does anyone have a good phone number for Hillary Clinton?"
The email was forwarded outside Hill circles, too, but maybe not for the reasons Dulniak hoped it would. A source said many Democrats in the city got it, and it quickly became the subject of snickering.
Dulniak did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether or not he got the phone number.
Update, 12:20 PM
Cohen's communications director Ben Garmisa offers this comment:
"Congressional staff regularly reach out to their internal networks for contact information for various reporters and public figures."
Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.
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