Taking a look at Congresspersons in action…

…or not. Back on July 11th, Matt Drudge reported that far hard left liberal democrat Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia’s 4th district couldn’t be bothered to show up to two televised debates.

He quotes the Congressional Quarterly:

DeKalb County Commissioner Hank Johnson and architectural firm project manager John Coyne, who are challenging McKinney, debated Saturday on WSB-TV and also participated in a second debate Friday that was sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club and which will air tonight at 7 p.m. Johnson’s campaign said that McKinney’s absence was a “slap in the face” to her constituents.

Two days later, Drudge has the story that probably didn’t make the front page of the Boston Globe:

PAPER: Rep. Kennedy Takes Weekly Urine Tests And Near-Daily AA Meetings
Thu Jul 13 2006 08:38:04 ET

A month after pleading guilty to driving under the influence, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) now follows a strict court-ordered script that includes, among other things, weekly urine tests, twice-weekly meetings with a probation officer, near-daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a weekly meeting of recovering addicts led by a Navy captain, ROLL CALL reports.

Kennedy, sources say, has to report to a probation officer twice a week at the Washington, D.C., courthouse complex. And on one of those days he has to, ahem, relieve himself in a cup.

And even when the Congressman isn’t checking in with the probation officers, they check in on him.

One source tells ROLL CALL’s Mary Ann Akers that by order of the District of Columbia Superior Court, where Kennedy was sentenced last month, a probation officer accompanied by a D.C. police officer pays random visits to Kennedy’s Capitol Hill apartment on as little as 10-minutes notice.

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