Bumped to keep the attention on this fast-moving story and great research. Make sure to check the comments as new data is being posted frequently. Betsy
You'd have to wonder about someone who would publish this, wouldn't you?
McHenry’s answer was swift, decisive and garnered a thunderous round of applause from the audience.
I mean, change a word or two and you're right smack dab in the middle of the sex scene in a romance novel, right?
But, no, not to worry. It's not a romance novel. It's a bidness pardnership. The publisher of that crap is none other than a former bidness partner of the subject of that crap. Cool, huh? But don't expect either of them to tell you.
Lincoln Tribune Owner Jason Saine and his dearly beloved rep in Congress Pat McHenry seem to have done what they could to hide their former relationship.
Tech5, the corporation which financially bound them (in harmonious union of love) has taken it's website off the tubes. McHenry doesn't list it in his annual financial disclosures. And the paperwork (see below) that does prove the connection is not available on line or in the libraries or newspaper archives anywhere in North Carolina, much less in the 10th Congressional District where McHenry can and does say and do pretty much anything he wants without being questioned.
But now that I live near DC, I could and did see and copy those forms. Since the House Clerk is legally required to make them available to the public, I have no idea why he/she makes you come to DC to get them.
But I live here so there wasn't much "coming" to be done. Well, just a 20-minute metro ride as opposed to how many lonely hours in the car? Depends on where you live, I guess. But back to the forms.
Yes (let me catch my breath) down at the House Cannon Office Building basement I was required to type into their computer my name, address, and, um, my occupation and who I was there on "behalf of." And besides the obvious big brother aspect of having to know who I am and where I live, this also means they have a record of every page I viewed . . . nice public access, don't you think?
And, of course, the first thing I noted immediately on Page 5. See where McHenry lists Tech5 Corporation and writes "Former Partner?"
Why should we care that the president of Tech5 corporation is none other than the publisher of the Lincoln Tribune. Why should we care, you ask? Well, again, back to the novel called the Lincoln Tribune:
Audience member William Hal Schronce took McHenry to task on the amount of communications McHenry’s office sends out in the mail.
“This is a waste of my tax dollars,” said Schronce. “There are a lot of people who feel the way I do.”’
The audience vehemently disagreed with Schronce, with many of them telling McHenry they like getting mailings from the Congressman’s office. McHenry said it’s just one of the ways his office keeps in touch with his constituents.
Yeah, of course. Everyone loves getting a bunch of expensive PR crap from their Congressman. That's believable. And, again, our headliner:
Several times during the night, McHenry drew applause for his stance on the hot-button issue of the war in Iraq.
Resident Judy Gilbert asked McHenry why he voted against a house bill that called for U.S. soldiers to spend equal time between combat and home. McHenry’s answer was swift, decisive and garnered a thunderous round of applause from the audience.
So what if an old friend writes crap about a Congressman? Who cares? I sure don't. But I do care that no newspaper in this district has a reporter in DC. I do care that the only NC reporter in DC that covers McHenry writes as if she has a crush on him.
And I care that good honest caring citizens of the 10th district have no way to know what their Congressman says and does when he's not standing right in front of them.
Citizens have the right to these documents by law. If we don't like that they only available at the House Clerk's office, let's let our congressmen know. Oops, our congressmen not only already know. They want it this way! I guess we're shit out of luck.
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