Did You Know...

   

Sheila Jackson Lee on staking out an aisle seat for some TV face time before SOTU: I'm always working on behalf of my constituents

Share
By Doug Powers  •  February 11, 2013 04:25 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Sheila Jackson Lee might think her constituency is ill-informed on some issues (hard to argue with her there — after all, they keep electing Sheila Jackson Lee), but that doesn’t stop her from tirelessly working on their behalf by spending several hours holding an aisle seat for State of the Union speeches:

It’s one of the great ironies of lawmakers who fight for the aisle seat. They wait up to 12 hours (some try to put a book or a coat down, but the Secret Service says this is technically against the rules) to get one of these choice seats, for some sort of personal glory, but the cost can be more than just the time spent protecting their spot.

“I’m always working on behalf of my constituents,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, when asked why she stakes out an aisle seat each year. “I am working on their behalf, and they are seeing me work on their behalf. Many of them are moved by the moment.”

Some other members of Congress don’t consider practically camping out for an aisle seat to be working on behalf of their constituents. If anything, quite the opposite:

“I keep a busy schedule, I don’t have an extra eight hours to keep a seat warm,” said Rep. Gerald Connolly of Virginia, noting that he often is one of the last Democrats to show up so he often sits in the Republican section.

This may be the most bipartisan message of the whole State of the Union, one that members on both sides of the aisle tend to agree with.

“I don’t have eight hours to waste,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., almost echoing his Democratic colleague. “If you are doing this job well, every minute should be spent going to briefings, researching, and figuring out how to move ahead.

“I’m not giving up eight hours of my time for a minute on national television,” he said.
[…]
“On my bucket list, getting one of those spots just isn’t on it,” said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. “But you know, for the people who do this, it’s probably their 15 seconds of fame.”

How dare he insinuate that Rep. Jackson Lee’s selfless hours of, uh, chair sitting, in return for just a few seconds on TV is just a cheap attempt at temporary fame. There are certain members of Congress, SJL among them, who do their constituents — and indeed the nation — a great service by spending an entire day sitting in a chair doing nothing except waiting for that one, brief, shining moment:

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

blog comments powered by Disqus

Hillary hopes State Dept. changes procedures so future secretaries can’t hide secret servers & mass delete emails

May 25, 2016 09:36 PM by Doug Powers

hillaryshrug

Because they care

What a pal! Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe attracts FBI’s attention so Hillary doesn’t feel unfairly singled out

May 25, 2016 07:29 AM by Doug Powers

hillarymcauliffe

Cronies under investigation together stay together

His contrails will go on: DiCaprio takes private jet from France to NYC to accept environmental award (Open thread)

May 22, 2016 10:06 AM by Doug Powers

kerrydicaprio

Hypocrite parade: Powered by dreams and jet fuel

Your tax dollars at war (against you): Behold Planned Parenthood’s election year ‘army’

May 21, 2016 05:45 AM by Doug Powers

patton

This mission should be aborted

Mayor of debt-ridden city with record number of shootings has priorities

May 19, 2016 07:19 AM by Doug Powers

emanuel

Backing up his former boss


Categories: Politicians, Politics

Follow me on Twitter Follow me on Facebook