A West Virginia native and former aide to Rep. Shelley Moore Capito plans a comedy show that parodies Congress. It will make its debut on YouTube next month.
Rob Raffety has produced and directed several short films about life on Capitol Hill. The Buckhannon native worked for Capito during her initial campaign for Congress in 2000 and moved to Washington to become her legislative director for about a year.
Since then, Raffety said, he's been developing the idea for a congressional spoof. He released a preliminary Web version of "Cap South," his political parody, several years ago.
Now he has set his sights on a lengthier show that delves deeper into the everyday drama on Capitol Hill.
The comedic series -- named after the Metro stop Capitol South, where many congressional staffers get off the subway to go to work every morning -- follows fictional congresswoman Gracie Todd Englewright of Virginia as she navigates political and personal pressures on Capitol Hill. The show also chronicles the mishaps, love affairs, and political machinations of her staff.
The series will air on YouTube during July. Raffety plans to release two or three episodes a week. Each episode runs for three to five minutes.
Raffety, now associate director for policy research at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, said that Englewright bears no resemblance to Capito.
"Cap South's storyline is purely fictional," Raffety said. "Assisting the congresswoman during her first year in office was easily [one of] my proudest and most rewarding professional accomplishments.
"The characters of Cap South are comically exaggerated versions of the sort of stock characters you'd expect to find on the Hill," Raffety said. "All of them have unique traits and hidden secrets."