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Thursday, May 12, 2005 - Page updated at 06:13 p.m.

Reichert returns shoe to Democratic leader

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — It was a Cinderella story, Capitol Hill style.

Starring as Prince Charming, freshman Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., dropped to his knees today in the midst of a news conference and handed over a beige leather slingback that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lost during Wednesday's hasty evacuation of Congress.

"I'm proud to be here, and proud to present you with your shoe," said Reichert.

"That is my shoe!" Pelosi, D-Calif., exclaimed to laughter.

Pelosi lost her shoes when Capitol police literally lifted her out of them during the evacuation, which was prompted by a small plane that strayed into restricted airspace over the nation's capital.

"I said, 'I'm losing my shoe,' and they said, 'That's too bad, just keep going,"' Pelosi said.

The shoe flipped up in front of Reichert as he ran down a crowded stairway on his way out. He scanned the crowd, but no luck.

Capitol police officers found the other shoe yesterday and returned it.

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