I’m still shaking my head over this one. Someone will have to explain to me how a United States Senator can ask the media to hide his itinerary from his constituents:
A spokesman for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) says the senator’s office will no longer send media information to Quincy’s oldest radio station because the station decided to let the public know he was coming to town.
Christina Angarola of Durbin’s Chicago office called WTAD on Monday to inform them they would no longer be included on the list of those receiving news releases from the senator when he plans to visit West-Central Illinois.
Moyers said Angarola was not pleased that WTAD chose to make public the time and place of Durbin’s September 4 visit to Quincy’s Blessing Hospital to hold a meeting on health care with officials from the hospital, Quincy Medical Group and Quincy Mayor John Spring and State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville).
The news release sent by Durbin’s office on the afternoon of September 3 said “NOTE: The times and locations of these events are for media planning purposes only and should not be published or aired in any form.”
Angarola did not respond to an e-mail from QuincyNews.org for comment. Calls to the senator’s Chicago office have not yet been returned. A call to the Washington office was diverted to Angarola’s voice mail.
“I’m disappointed the senator and his office have chosen to silence the press,” Moyers said.
Durbin, the assistant majority leader of the Senate, has been an outspoken critic of health care town hall meetings, said he didn’t want to get a “sucker-punch” from constituents and opted to have a session in a conference room before an invited few and a handful of reporters.
Four of the 10 people Durbin chose to meet on September 4 have donated to Durbin’s campaign fund in the past: Blessing Corporate Services President/CEO Brad Billings, Niemann Foods Inc. Chairman Rich Niemann, Sr., Spring and Sullivan. Durbin has also funneled several thousands of dollars from his war chest back to Spring’s mayoral campaign fund.
Durbin, who is the senior Senator from that bluest of Blue States Illinois (guess who ws the Junior Senator), has been consistently voted the most Liberal Senator in the Senate for the last 20 years.
Must be kinda embarrassing for the people of Illinois; yet they continue to re-elect this self-centered imbecile. Go Figure.