Dutch-born congressman's couch placed in museum
The couch is "the perfect symbol of Dutch thriftiness" according to the curator of the Holland Museum in the state of Michigan. Dutch-born US congressman Pete Hoekstra used to sleep on the couch in his office to save hotel bills.
Pete Hoekstra was born in the north-eastern Dutch city of Groningen and moved to the United States as a child. He served 18 years as Republican member of the House of Representatives for the district of Holland, Michigan, a town founded in 1847 by Dutch Americans.
He spent the last eight years sleeping on the couch and the ten years before that on a smaller version in his office. He also used the black leather couch to emphasize his thrifty nature in his campaign ads for governor of Michigan - or rather he used a replica, since the rules do not allow the use of federal property in a political campaign.
Since the real couch was the property of the federal government, the museum had to pay for it - 1,600 dollars. It will be placed in the lobby of the museum but no one will be allowed to sit on it, let alone sleep on it.http://cdn.radionetherlands.nl/data/files/pete_hoekstra_0.jpg
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