Political Notebook


Stutzman's public service includes sandwiches

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, played tour guide and dinner host for about 75 visitors from the Fort Wayne area.

Heavy snowfall closed federal government offices Tuesday, the same day that Friends for Life, a local group of high school students opposed to abortion rights, had planned to go sight-seeing in Washington. The students and their adult chaperones had ridden in a bus and three minivans to take part in Wednesday’s annual March for Life on the National Mall.

Stutzman had earlier offered a private tour of the Capitol to the visitors from his district. He then invited them to have dinner at his home in suburban Washington.

“He said, ‘You guys have the record for the largest group that’s ever come to the house,'” said Mark Dolde, a math teacher at Concordia Lutheran High School and faculty sponsor for Friends for Life.

Dolde said Stutzman and his wife, Christy, served Subway sandwiches, drinks and desserts. Christy also sang for the group, and a couple of students played the piano in the Stutzmans’ home.

“They were such gracious hosts,” Dolde said. “We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.”