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Dapper Dan

Indiana Representative Dan Burton has been in trouble recently for missing 19 votes due to a scheduling conflict with a golf tournament. So when it was discovered that as the second ranking Republican member of Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs he was absent for the recent hearings on the problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, it was understandable that the local media wanted to know why he wasn’t able to make it. His response sure didn’t disappoint.

At first, he starts off reasonable, in my opinion. See, when the scheduled the hearings he had already made commitments with meetings with his constituents locally in Indiana. He tried to get them to move the hearings back into the afternoon but when it became apparent that a schedule change wasn't going to happen he instructed his staff to make sure he had a written transcript of the proceedings.

"I did my duty in my district with meetings that I already had scheduled because I couldn't catch a plane to be out here for that thing at 10 o'clock," Burton said. "But I was informed about everything that went on, as I requested."

At this point, I think everyone can understand the situation, the meetings were thrown together pretty quickly. And while some might wonder about his priorities and think that perhaps he could have rescheduled his local meetings to make it back to Washington, it is understandable and he seems to have acted responsibly to make sure he had a copy of the proceedings that he could catch himself up on.

However, apparently that wasn't good enough for Dan. Dan seemed a bit affronted by the questioning and continued on.

"Even if I didn't have any appointments, I would've had to come back Sunday night or catch a plane at 7 in the morning or 6 in the morning," Burton said, adding that the congressional schedule makes it difficult for him to spend time with his wife, whom he married in the fall. "I've got this new lady I want to have some life with, and I can't even see her."

Wow. The first thing I thought when I heard this comment was 'Arrogance' followed by 'Narcissist'. Apparently he's not very concerned about those patients being mistreated in the medical center and other hospitals throughout the country or how much time they are spending with their wives. Perhaps the feelings of his constituents who have to get up at 5 or 6 in the morning to get to work so that they can make a living and pay the taxes to keep him employed didn't cross his mind while he was answering the question.

What is worse is that his opponent for the primary fight he is going to encounter next year is former Marion County Coroner John McGoff. Dr. John McGoff is an emergency room doctor who has been elected Marion County Coroner twice. He is also General John McGoff, flight surgeon for the Indiana Air National Guard. He has spent time recently in Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan, treating these very soldiers that apparently Mr. Burton is too busy having a life to be concerned about.

It's apparent to me from the recent number of missed votes and his comment about his 'new life' he's trying to have that he just isn't that interested anymore in being a Senator for the state of Indiana. And it is also probable that the voters will help him with his dilemma by taking away his position as their representative next year.

Posted by Rhinehold at March 8, 2007 11:47 PM
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Comment #211157

Rhinehold, lets not be so quick to condemn thic man, after all those pesky Dems have been pushing the envelope, what with the longer hours and more days actually at work in DC. It may take awhile for some of em to adjust to the additional workload.

Posted by: j2t2 at March 9, 2007 8:35 AM
Comment #211158

It used to be that members of Congress only went back to their districts on occasion, usually during extended recesses (which still regularly take place). They would buy a home and move their family to the Washington area. Now they bitch about having to work in one city and live in another.

Stop trying to do that. Schedule the district visits for the long break. If you’re trying to decide to run for Congress, tell your spouse that moving to Washington for the duration is part of the deal. It’s a full time job and you need to be there. Side benefit: maybe congressmen and their families will get together on the weekends and learn to talk to each other regardless of political affiliation.

Posted by: bobo at March 9, 2007 8:38 AM
Comment #211159

Dems have been pushing the envelope, what with the longer hours and more days actually at work in DC.

5-day work week! Who could possibly endure that?????

Posted by: bobo at March 9, 2007 8:40 AM
Comment #211165

Looks like the dems have those poor overworked repubs well on their way to unionizing. A little representation could probably free up more fun time for them and at the very least gauarantee them regular working hours with overtime. My guess is that somehow this is all Bill Clintons fault. ;)

Posted by: ILdem at March 9, 2007 9:38 AM
Comment #211185

I believe Dapper Dan needs to listen to his senatorial colleague Chuck Hagel, who recently said:
“If you wanted a safe job, go sell shoes.”

Posted by: Adrienne at March 9, 2007 11:12 AM
Comment #211478

bobo,

“maybe congressmen and their families will get together on the weekends and learn to talk to each other regardless of political affiliation.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA… yeah, and maybe they will all take college coarses on macro-management and business financing so as to actual create a half way desent budget too!!

Ooh ooh, maybe they will actually put the people’s needs first. Maybe they will actual consider making action items that do more than acknowledge that they like this group or that.

I love it.

Sadly, that would most likely just result in the first two party scandal.

Posted by: Bryan AJ Kennedy at March 11, 2007 2:06 PM
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