When Scalise’s animal house went on hiatus

The thing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s roommates remember most about life in the months after he nearly bled to death on a baseball field is the silence.Scalise’s avuncular energy and high-decibel guffaws routinely filled their four-story Capitol Hill townhouse. He was the instigator, the loud-mouthed jokester who transformed their home into a high-octane dorm, where they subsisted on beef jerky, Dairy Queen and popcorn; left piles of dirty clothes on the floor; and conducted sensitive legislative negotiations from a beat-up faux leather couch held together by duct tape.But after the Louisiana Republican took a gunman’s bullet to the hip, the laughing stopped. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) walked by the empty room every time he climbed the stairs to his fourth-floor bedroom. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) could see darkness through Scalise‘s open door from his own bedroom down the hall. Rep Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) had one less roommate to make

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