Maybe everybody loves a winner, but Congressman-elect Bill Orton, D-Utah, is finding that job hunters are especially friendly.
As he attended congressional freshman orientation seminars this week, he discovered literally hundreds of resumes waiting for him from people around the nation.John Smith, an Orton aide who is helping him set up his office, said, "We had received 45-50 resumes in Utah, and we were impressed with that.
"But when Bill came back here, he checked a post office box that was set up for us, and he found 60 more waiting for him. Then he found resumes waiting for him at (Rep.) Wayne Owens' office and at (Rep.) Howard Nielson's office. People started sending them the day after the election," Smith said.
Then he found the biggest cache of resumes awaiting him in a room full of temporary desks that had been set up for incoming freshmen to use for job interviews or other purposes. "They had a box for us over there just packed with resumes," Smith said.
He figures Orton now has about 300 of them. "And the most people he is allowed to hire is 18, plus four part-time. And the budget for their salaries is woefully small, about $415,000 (or an average salary of $18,863)," Smith said.
He added that he noticed many Capitol Hill workers, who are about to lose their jobs because the members for whom they work were either defeated or are retiring, seem to be dropping resumes in everyone's boxes.
He noted that Democrat Orton likely won't be too interested in the one that advertised at top, "Experienced Hill Republican."
Smith - who grew up near Orton, is the same age and has known him since they were both children - said Orton has also been getting plenty of attention from other members of Congress.
"When I ride with him in the members-only elevators, other members look at his name tag and say, `Bill Orton - I know who you are. You're the guy that won out in that really Republican district.' They are excited. It has really brought him a lot of attention," Smith said.