In what appears to be the first official reaction from a member of the Democratic leadership, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has now endorsed the call by Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) that members of both parties sit together at the upcoming State of the Union address, rather than separate into the Democratic and Republican aisles as they normally do.
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"A gesture like this won't make partisanship disappear, nor should itÂ -- democracy is built on strong disagreements between the parties," Hoyer said in a statement. "But this gesture, which was first suggested by the independent group Third Way and supported by Senator Mark Udall, should help end the political theater of repeatedly seeing one side of the aisle rise in applause, as the other sits still."
Late Update: As Greg Sargent reported today, Chuck Schumer has also endorsed the idea over on the Senate side.