Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents Washington, D.C. , denied helping six zebras escape from a private farm in the suburbs of Maryland.
The Democrat released a tongue-in-cheek statement on Friday that did not explain why she felt she needed to comment — it was not immediately clear whether Norton was accused of liberating the animals — but she pointed out she “supports freedom generally,” nodding to the push for the district’s statehood.
“Local news has reported that the zebras were let loose on Saturday or Sunday of last weekend, a period of time during which I was enjoying quiet time at home with family,” Norton said.
“My alibi is solid, but given my career of fighting for statehood for the District, which includes years of explaining the importance of having consent of the governed, and given my recent opposition to fences, I can understand why the charge was made. I hope the owners find the