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We posted earlier about Republicans and Democrats sitting together at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Now we learn that Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Western Maryland, a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee and the new Tea Party Caucus, will be sitting with Democratic former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the House Republicans' No. 1 target in their successful midterm elections.

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"I look forward to sitting between two lovely ladies, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Judy Chu," Bartlett said in a statement. "I also look forward with great hope that Congress and all Americans will listen to President Obama give another speech in the spirit of his address in Tucson."

The Baltimore-born Pelosi, for her part, apparently turned down the invitation of House Republican Leader Eric Cantor to ask Bartlett.

"I thank @GOPLeader for his #SOTU offer, but I invited my friend Rep. Bartlett from MD yesterday & am pleased he accepted," she Tweeted.Members of Congress are planning to break up the traditional seating plan for the State of the Union address – Republicans on one side, Democrats on the other – and sit with members of the opposite party.

The idea follows the shooting attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords this month that left six dead and 14 wounded; polls show it has broad public support.

Other Maryland-related pairings include Democratic Sen Barbara A. Mikulski and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore and Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona and Republican Rep. Andy Haris and Democratic Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, both from Baltimore County.

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