According to Raffety, other characters include "accomplished but unlucky" Chief of Staff Elliott Clarice, power-hungry scheduler Ally Gallagher O'Connolly, lobbyist Remington Dixwell, and young, idealistic staffer Naomi Foster.
Raffety recently enlisted Andrew Heaton, another former congressional aide, to star as Elliot Clarice. Heaton formerly worked on Capitol Hill for Reps. Tim Holden of Pennsylvania and Dan Boren of Oklahoma. He now works as a standup comedian and writer.
Raffety plans to include "bonus features including mash-ups of constituent phone calls, special interest group attack ads, and other one-off vignettes."
He also wants to experiment with "various ways that online video and social media can be used to tell a story."
"Cap South" joins several new political dramas and comedies like "Veep," "House of Cards" and "1600 Penn" that have recently made their debut.
But Raffety said that his show "stands apart from other politically themed shows" because it focuses on the staff, rather than the "head honchos" on the Hill.
"I try to explore some of the common challenges and obstacles facing the average staffer," Raffety said.
Although the show may appeal mainly to staffers and beltway insiders familiar with the ins and outs of Congress, Raffety also hopes to draw a broader audience.
"I hope the humor will appeal broadly to anyone who enjoys zany comedy and funny characters," he said.
He said he might even film an episode located in West Virginia next season.Reach Laura Reston at laura.res...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5112.