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Federal Employees News Digest : March 25, 2013
Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Government Information Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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Technical inaccuracies may result from printing errors and/or new develop- ments in the industry. This publication's subscriber list, as well as other lists from 1105 Media, Inc., is available for rental. For more information, please contact our list manager, Merit Direct. Phone: (914) 368-1000; E-mail: 1105media@ meritdirect.com; Web: www.meritdirect.com/1105. March 25, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 34 2 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com to raise money. For some it is almost a full-time job. Former Vice President Al Gore recently said that because of the cost of campaigning---buying all that expensive TV time---the typical member of Congress spends six hours per day raising money. Calling people or visiting individuals and groups. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said he will not run for reelection after more than 30 years in Washington. He made his announcement early because, he said, he wanted to spend his last couple of years actually getting things done, free from the burden of campaign fundraising. He hopes his final two years will be among his most productive. Could be. At least he will be able to fight for good (one hopes) causes, instead of dialing for dollars like his other colleagues. Not so long ago, the fighting was more physical than fiscal. Fist-fights and canings were not uncommon in the early days of the republic. Comments made routinely on the floor of the House and Senate today would have prompted a sock in the jaw, or worse, really not so long ago. It is just as well that we have morphed into verbal fighters. A friend who worked for the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) said the senator's staff worried because, in the early days, he often packed heat even on the Senate floor. Stevens was a real fighter, both in the Washington sense and as a heroic bomber pilot during World War II. Years ago, a bodyguard to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) was charged by Capitol Police when he brought a couple of semi-automatic weapons into the Senate office building. And more recently, an aide to former Virginia Sen. James Webb was stopped by security on Capitol Hill when he was discovered car- rying a gun (legal in Virginia but not in D.C.) in his briefcase. The gun reportedly belonged to Webb, a decorated Marine who fought in Vietnam. But things generally are quieter now. We think. Still, our fighting prowess con- tinues to amuse some politicians who have been there and done that as far as real fighting is concerned. Two reporter friends who covered the Senate said they could remember many times when former Sens. Bob Kerrey (D-Iowa) and Warren Rudman (R-N.H.) would openly laugh at their squabbling colleagues. Kerrey and Rudman sat close to each other and could, the reporters said, be seen guffawing when other sena- tors talked about "fighting" this, and "fighting" that. Rudman had been an Army infantry captain during the Korean War. And he was also a very good boxer in his youth. Kerrey lost part of his leg while serving as a Navy SEAL in Vietnam. He was also awarded the Medal of Honor, our highest military honor. That may be why they were so amused to be surrounded by so many "fighters." And often became so angry when colleagues got fighting mad and proposed sending other people into combat which they themselves had never experienced. There's probably a broader lesson here. Maybe if more folks in Washington spent less time "fighting" for you and more time negotiating for you, YOU might actually regain your Congress. Without a fight. INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1
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