It was a great day on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Hilda and Gregor Sarkisyan were incredibly brave in their willingness to relive the pain of their daughter’s death so that others might not suffer the same thing.

Hilda started the day by shooting a CNN segment with Jim Acosta that was broadcast Thursday morning at 6:15 and then again at 7:15. We then met with John Conyers’ staff, got turned away from Brad Sherman’s office, went to meet with Rob H. and the homeless folks hanging out in line for the Ed & Labor committee hearing, spent a good 45 minutes talking with Jerrold Nadler, went in to the Ed & Labor committee hearing, ran over to the Russell office building where Hilda taped for MSNBC with David Shuster and Tamron Hall, ran over to Longworth and met with Eric Massa and Ron Heikel, then finally had some dinner and went home.

Lots more later — we learned a lot and I think Hilda’s and Gregor’s presence there was really sobering for members in the committee who saw them sitting there in the front row with pictures of Nataline.

While Hilda was taping for CNN, Eve and I got into an argument with some health insurance industry lobbyists, and when Hilda was taping for MSNBC we argued with Kent Conrad.

Lesson learned: when the camera’s on Hilda, head for the hills.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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