Friday, August 7, 2009

Kay is MIA and people are not happy about it...

Conservative bloggers at are not happy with Kay's missed committee meetings (link). Excerpt follows...
The problem is she isn’t even participating while in Washington. As I noted before, Senator Hutchison is making an issue the length of time Rick Perry has served saying “for him to try to stay on for 15 years is too long" despite he fact she herself has been in the Senate for 16 years. KBH supporters, however, will tell you that Senate Seniority is important, and those in who come in front of her committee agree:

"It's very helpful and in the interest of consumers when the chairman and ranking member are able to be there, because it gives us a perspective on what both sides of the aisle are concerned about," said Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League, who testified at two of the consumer hearings.

But she isn’t even showing up to her own committee meetings. More from the Dallas Morning News:

“Hutchison missed all four Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearings that explored problems with health insurers, including one that showed insurers "purge" small-business beneficiaries if their claims exceed underwriters' expectations.”

So why is she missing these meetings? ... Because apparently she can’t use it to her benefit in the race against Perry.
One of my biggest pet peeves is United States senators missing a bunch of votes. The House votes a lot more often, so they can get away with it slightly easier, but the Senate votes such a small number of times, and they almost never vote on Mondays or Fridays, so senators just don't have a very good excuse for missing those votes.

Missing committee meetings while ranking member... that is just really bad form... especially because she criticized Rick for a good week or two for not taking a more active role in the legislature earlier this year. She basically blamed Democrat obstructionism on Rick... which makes no sense coming from the perspective of someone who was working on behalf of certain legislation down there at the Capitol.

Meanwhile she is not even doing her own dayjob...

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