WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Rep. Keith Ellison, a freshman Democrat from Minnesota, seems to have gotten off on the wrong foot with his Republican neighbor on Capitol Hill.
The Hill says Ellison's office called the Capitol Hill Police last week because Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., was smoking a cigar in his congressional office on the first floor of the Longworth House Office Building.
Tancredo, who has never met Ellison, called the incident "bizarre."
"Seemed to me not a good way to say hello," he told The Hill.
Rick Jauert, Ellison's press secretary, said he called the building superintendent's office when he noticed the smoke and was referred to the Capitol Hill Police.
"I called because the smoke was coming through the walls," Jauert told the Hill.
Tancredo said he has three air purifiers in is office.