The Bloomington Herald-Times got into the whole "9th District Rematch" discussion on Sunday, with an article noting the new NRCC attack on Baron Hill.
But I found the most interesting portion of their article to be at the end:
While the Republican attack was timed to Congress' Memorial Day break, Hill isn't spending the weekend in his district. He left Friday to be part of a congressional delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Portugal, Tunisia and Morocco.
Baron Hill spent Memorial Day on a travel junket to the Mediterranean.
I hear that Portugal is really nice this time of year; the photos seem to indicate as much.
I think that this must also explain the recent press release on Baron's website last week warning 9th District constituents to keep their passports updated:
Last year Congress passed legislation that altered the traditional passport requirements for U.S. citizens. A recent flood of constituents experiencing serious delays in obtaining their passports has spurred Congressman Baron Hill to make sure his constituents are aware of the changes in passport regulations.
I wonder if Baron Hill had a delay in obtaining his passport for his fancy taxpayer-financed junket to sunny Portugal.
Did he take the family with him?
I hope that he will send us back a postcard.
One last delightful tidbit from the Herald-Times piece:
Katie Moreau, a spokeswoman for Hill's campaign, said the Republican effort is "just the same attack rhetoric they've always used against Baron. It's a sad example of how they're more concerned with being in power than with legislating."
"We're not surprised by it, and it doesn't affect Baron's job as a member of Congress," she said.
I hate to break it to Ms. Moreau, but it's pretty clear that the only thing that hasn't changed is Baron Hill.
He's still the same say-one-thing-at-home-vote-another-way-in-Washington Congressman that he has always been.
And it's not an attack if it's the truth.