Last night, Julia Corker, the eldest daughter of Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) was carjacked by a pair of suspects in Washington, DC's Penn Quarter neighborhood. I'm very glad to note that while Corker was roughed up when she was dragged out of her car and thrown on the pavement, she escaped the incident without serious injury. And happily, law enforcement authorities apprehended two suspects in short order and returned the stolen car.
Our own Ryan Grim was among a group of reporters who got to talk with Senator Corker about the incident, and the senator (who lives in the neighborhood where the incident occurred and was quick to come to his daughter's aid) offered up a bracing account of the evening, where he explained what went down and praised police for their efforts. Based upon Corker's account, which Grim recorded, the key aid seems to have been rendered by the folks at OnStar.
CORKER: She was shaken up, but she remembered that she had OnStar. You know, this was my campaign car, back in 2005. It's got 180,000 miles on it. And every month, you know, I keep thinking, I'm not going to pay the OnStar bill again -- it's like 12 bucks or something --
REPORTER: Wow. You're like a commercial for OnStar!
CORKER: The OnStar folks [snaps fingers] found them just like this.
That would be a great testimonial for an OnStar commercial. And it would go a long way to alleviating the concerns of people who think OnStar is some sort of tyrannical government intrusion:
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