* In July, Congressman Davis held a public forum with Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur), a member of the Eastern Bloc. As you may recall, Caulkins generally played “bad cop” to Davis’ “good cop.”
Well, Davis is holding a second forum and is partnering this time with Rep. Brad Halbrook, the sponsor of the proposal to kick Chicago out of Illinois. Press release…
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) [yesterday] announced he will be hosting his second Open Government Night following the first event held in Decatur recently where more than 250 constituents attended. The series is in conjunction with state lawmakers to allow constituents an opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials at the state and federal level on important issues. The second event will be held in Champaign with State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville).
“Ensuring constituents have an opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials continues to be my priority,” said Davis. “Open Office Hours allow me to have personal, one-on-one conversations with people about the issues they care about. Open Government Nights allow people to discuss issues facing our government at the state and federal levels. I’m looking forward to discussing these issues next Monday night.”
“Events like this are a great way for area residents to hear directly from their State Representative and Congressman about the issues important to them. We need to hear from our constituents, and so I would encourage everyone to try to make it out and let their voice be heard.” said Halbrook.
* Scott Beatty of WDWS Radio will moderate the event…
The format will mirror that of Davis’ first audience Q&A event, held July 29 at Decatur’s Richland Community College. Over that 90-minute program, Davis and state Rep. Dan Caulkins took turns answering 22 questions submitted in writing by those in a crowd of around 250. Topics ranged from the tone of President Donald Trump’s tweets to gun control and soybean tariffs.
Under this format, the moderator chooses the questions. Neither Davis nor his representatives will see them or have a hand in selecting them before they’re asked, officials said.
Hat tip: Maxwell.
* Meanwhile, from Bernie…
Some tough rhetoric pushing the re-election of U.S. Rep. RODNEY DAVIS, R-Taylorville, has been in his fundraising emails that have attacked the Springfield-born Democrat running against him as representing Chicago and made apparently false claims about where her campaign money comes from.
“I don’t think they go out under my name,” Davis told me, and he said he does not approve those messages.
Well, one that did go out and said it was from Davis stated that Democrat BETSY DIRKSEN LONDRIGAN was “Chicago’s handpicked candidate,” and added, “She’s got millions of dollars pouring in from out of state billionaires. … I want to reach my fundraising goal this month and show Chicago that downstate wants a representative to speak for them.” The Davis campaign has provided no evidence to back up the millions-from-billionaires claim, which is clearly out of whack with actual fundraising.
After he toured the Ash Street underpass construction site in Springfield last week, I showed Davis that email — including his name as the messenger. He said he hadn’t seen or approved it.
I asked if it was a problem. Davis responded with a laugh, but gave no direct answer.
* This is why you should care about the Illinois 13th, even if you can’t vote in it