Sept. 11 and the attack on Iraq mean that the color orange is an all-too-familiar alert hue. Nowhere is it brighter than in Washington. Recently U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terry Gainer warned House members to be on the lookout for assassins. It doesn’t get any redder than that.
Congressman Jim Davis, D-Fla., said the threat hadn’t appreciably changed his habits, although it certainly helps that his family, especially his two kids, are in Tampa “developing roots.”
“I would say I’m more vigilant, more patient,” acknowledged Davis, “but I honestly haven’t changed a lot. I stayed there (Capitol Hill) after 9/11. Is there great security there? Yes. The Capitol is heavily fortified.”