Florida politicians swamped with inauguration ticket requests

Published: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 7:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 7:47 a.m.

MIAMI Florida's congressional delegation is getting swamped with requests for tickets to President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony.

Sen. Mel Martinez's office fielded 50,000 requests, when he only has about 400 tickets to distribute. Members of the House get slightly fewer than 200 tickets each, so several are offering consolation prizes. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ron Klein and Robert Wexler are hosting a pre-inauguration day reception at the Library of Congress for those left ticketless. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart is mailing out information on free inauguration events, such as watching the ceremony from the Mall.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has been through two Clinton and two Bush inaugurations and says "they couldn't touch the level of enthusiasm that this inauguration has."

Next Tuesday, Obama is set to become the nation's first black president.

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