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doghouse2.JPGConstituents are pitching in to make Assemblywoman Linda Halderman and her staff members feel right at home in the Capitol's doghouse.

The Fresno Republican has renamed her shoebox-sized office the Bulldog House in honor of the four-legged Fresno State mascot.

Supporters have contributed decorations and bulldog memorabilia to convert her cramped 391-square-foot digs into a colorful conversation piece. Giant paw prints lead from the hallway to her office. A bulldog caricature adorns her outer door. A bullseye target hangs from her inner door, which is framed to look like a doghouse.

Halderman, a conservative politician and a medical surgeon by profession, said she has no idea why Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez chose her for the tiny accommodations.

And the Los Angeles Democrat has not elaborated, she said.

Doghouse1.JPG"I think logic is really unlikely in the Capitol," she said. "I just figure things are random or arbitrary, and we don't really need to know."

Now that she's unpacked, however, Halderman plans to stay a while.

No bark, no bite, no complaint. "They'll have to drag me out of that office kicking and screaming," she said.

PHOTO CREDIT: Assemblywoman Linda Halderman, the Fresno Republican occupying the "doghouse" office at the Capitol this year, is maximizing the photo-op possibilities of the position. Feb. 1, 2012, Jim Sanders / Sacramento Bee



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