Dick Durbin is mad that Quincy, Illinois’s oldest radio station dared to actually practice journalism in reporting about his secret townhall meeting populated with cherry-picked friendly reporters and bussed in supporters. He’s so mad that he’s decided to try to silence the press. From Quincy News:
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.
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).
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.
Read the entire article here. It’s pretty unbelievable that Durbin feels that he has absolutely no obligation or responsibility whatsoever to his constituents. Why is Durbin insisting on operating in secrecy? Is there something he doesn’t want voters to know?