A man who operates a West Des Moines deli’s waiting for the Howard Dean campaign to pay up on a nearly one-thousand dollar bill. Scott Hamilton, owner of the Brown Bag Deli, delivered 200 brown bag specials to Dean’s Des Moines headquarters on January 16th. Hamilton says he “provided them with lunch, in good faith, and just expect to be paid.” Hamilton had done some business before with the Dean folks, but had an inkling he had to insist on getting cash when he delivered that last order. The campaign headquarters was chaos when he arrived, no one appeared able to find a checkbook or credit card, and he couldn’t stay around because he had another delivery. Hamilton has repeatedly tried to get someone from the Dean campaign to pay the $963.01 bill, without success. So he went to a Des Moines TV reporter with his story, and now the new has spread to one of the most popular sites on the Internet, the Drudge Report. His phone’s been ringing off the hook this morning. Hamilton says he’s talked with news people and radio stations all over” Hamilton says one radio station offered to pay the bill, but he doesn’t “feel comfortable with that. It should be taken care of by the Dean campaign,” according to the small business owner.
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