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Monday, December 07, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: He'll have to do better than that

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Brad Zaun made the news yesterday when he officially entered the race
against Leonard Boswell in Iowa's third Congressional district, and
rival Republican candidate Jim Gibbons apparently wanted a little
attention too. So Gibbons put out a press release accusing Boswell of
not working hard enough. ... I wondered whether 17 voting days in two
months was an unusually light load for the House of Representatives,
so I contacted David Waldman, who runs the outstanding Congress
Matters blog. He told me that the 109th Congress, the last under GOP
control, "had roll call votes on just 7 days in Jan/Feb 2006." Waldman
also noted that there were eleven days of roll call voting during the
first two months of 2004, twelve days during the comparable period in
2002, ten days in 2000, nine days in 1998, and ten days in 1996. The
Republicans controlled the House calendar during all of those years.
Gibbons should step up his background research before making unfounded
attacks on Boswell's work ethic.


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