6 weeks and done for fill-in Michigan congressman

Associated Press Modified: November 17, 2012 at 10:46 am •  Published: November 17, 2012
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One aide, Curson says, is "guiding me around" to ensure he doesn't get lost in the labyrinth of hallways in the Capitol, gets to votes on time and generally knows where he should be.

Curson, who worked on the federal auto bailout on the UAW's behalf, said he knows he's arrived in Washington at an important time. He's keen to play whatever role he can as Congress seeks to navigate the fiscal cliff and a slew of other thorny, year-end issues.

"A lot of different issues that have been lying stagnant are going to come into play," he said, adding that he'll be pushing for compromise.

So far, he says, it's been a frenetic, enjoyable experience.

"I expected to be treated as the naive guy who doesn't know how all this works, you know, I've never held a public office before," he said, noting he got to stand on the floor with one of his political heroes, Dingell. "But that's not how it's been. I'm truly impressed by the forum."

Impressed enough to consider a run for a full term?

"At this point, no," he said, adding, however, "I might catch the bug."

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Curson's website: http://curson.house.gov/office/washington-dc