Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is typically more than happy to stop and chat with reporters in the lobby just off the House floor.
And Washington scribes love to seek out the colorful conservative for his pot-stirring quotes on immigration, the Obama administration and every other hot-button topic possible.
But King was waving off reporters Friday, saying he didn’t want to talk about anything but the life of Col. Bud Day, the Medal of Honor recipient and native of Sioux City, Iowa.
Day, 88, died Sunday.
King attended Thursday’s funeral service for Day, an event King described as “glorious and amazing.”
He talked of the thousands who showed up to pay their respects, of the families lining the roads saluting or placing their hands over hearts.
“I’ve never seen so many flags,” King said.
An Associated Press reporter sought to get his thoughts on an immigration forum Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, was hosting Friday in Ames, Iowa, in King’s district.
King brushed off the question, reiterating that the only comments he’d be making were to honor Day, an American hero.
“I’m not going to discuss certain things outside of that until such time as my flag is raised back up again,” King said. “It’s at half-staff now and it’ll stay there until tomorrow night.”