Todd Rokita, R-Ind., at the RNC on February 7, 2017.
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By Tessa Berenson
August 18, 2017

For anyone wanting to be Congressman Todd Rokita’s chauffer, you must never forget “The Football.”

That’s what Rokita’s staff call a supply box of nearly 20 items, including gum, a staple remover and a blue sharpie, that the driver must have at all times. It’s all laid out in an 8-page document of instructions, obtained by Politico, that goes over the duties of being a chauffeur for the Indiana Republican.

Every time the driver picks Rokita up, he or she must have a cup of black coffee for the congressman, empty Rokita’s trash bins, and turn the car around for a quick departure when Rokita gets in. (“Make sure you pull the car far enough forward that exhaust fumes won’t get in the garage,” the memo instructs.) The driver is not to bother Rokita with “unnecessary conversation.” The driver should take pictures at every event, but “do not take photos of [Rokita] with a drink visible in his hand.”

You can read the rest of the instructions here. Tim Edson, Rokita’s campaign spokesman, told Politico in an email about the leaked memo that that “there is nothing embarrassing about always being prepared.”

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