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Mon Apr 09 2007 14:39:38 ET

It's being called the equivalent of a paparazzi gotcha:

A snapshot of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and his chief political/media adviser David Axelrod -- taken in the Senator?s Capitol Hill office!

ROLL CALL reports: Congressional ethics rules forbid the use of federal office space for political and campaign activity.

A spokeswoman for the Obama camp declined comment to the paper.

Obama and Axelrod are old buddies whose relationship dates back years and they could have been having an innocuous conversation, one strategist noted. But it does raise some flags, which is the last thing a contender in a competitive race with a polished, practiced vet such as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) wants to do. ?It could be seen as a rookie mistake,? the consultant said.

ROLL CALL's Emily Heil jabs: And as any Hollywood star or starlet could tell you, if you?re going to make a mistake, make sure there aren?t any cameras around.


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