September 29, 2007

Cornyn Ally Puts Hometown Paper On Double Secret Probation

Vanity Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, who joined with Texas Senator John Cornyn in voting against the SCHIP bill to increase medical coverage for sick and injured children, has apparently put his hometown newspaper on his personal blacklist. Blogs the Cleveland Plain Dealer's equivalent of Gardner Selby:

Kucinich has not returned calls for several weeks to the newspaper's Washington bureau, which covers his actions in Congress and his presidential campaign. As noted in Monday's newspaper, he uttered a string of non sequiturs -- albeit pleasant ones -- when a Plain Dealer reporter attempted to interview him outside the House of Representatives chamber.

His presidential campaign staff for weeks has not returned Plain Dealer calls and e-mail.

Natalie Laber, Kucinich's publicly paid spokeswoman in Congress, also has not returned phone calls and e-mail during this timeframe. That includes multiple inquries from reporters asking about Kucinich's votes in the House, his positions on congressional issues and matters unrelated to his presidential campaign.

Laber apparently has attempted to exclude Plain Dealer reporters another way, removing them from her list of media contacts who receive Kucinich news releases, news alerts, hearing schedules and notices of public appearances via e-mail. We use the word "apparently" here because we cannot confirm this from Laber. She won't return our calls and e-mail. But we know she sends them to others, as we have obtained bootleg copies. (Under normal circumstances, we might request them under the Freedom of Information Act, but Congress, perhaps anticipating the day that Kucinich would wish to shut out the press, exempted itself from the public records law.)

So far unreported in the dead tree media are other examples of Koo Koo's increasingly bizarre behavior. Print journalists are required to type their questions on narrow strips of paper and deliver them to the candidate's office baked inside of fortune cookies. And plans for an appearance on Meet The Press were scrapped when Tim Russert refused to sign an affidavit promising that he would not use the word "walnuts" at any point in the program.

Posted by mayor mcsleaze at September 29, 2007 08:58 PM

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