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Friday, July 21, 2006

Chocola is getting desperate?

I see Chris is throwing everything and anything to see if it sticks to Joe Donnelly. From the South Bend Tribune:

A video allegedly portraying military caskets being returned from foreign battlefields, shown earlier this month on a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Web site, has prompted U.S. Rep. Chris Chocola, R-Bristol, to attack Democratic rival Joe Donnelly.

Meanwhile, the DCCC is airing a new radio ad attacking the incumbent 2nd District congressman.

"I find it reprehensible that the DCCC would raise campaign money by exploiting the ultimate sacrifices of our brave men and women," Chocola said in a statement.

As Joe points out, said video is not on any websites anymore, and if it were he wouldn't support it... but that won't stop Chocola.

Donnelly subsequently issued a statement in which he said that, "As far as I know, this ad is no longer on the committee's Web site, and I would not have supported it. I have always supported and stood with our troops and I always will."

On Tuesday, Chocola sent out a follow-up statement criticizing the DCCC and quoting an article in a Washington, D.C., newspaper, The Hill, which said in a Tuesday story that Donnelly defended the ad before it was removed, saying it was "appropriate and important." The story used those words but did not have them in quotation marks.

Donnelly spokeswoman Katie Nee said the paper talked to her, not Donnelly, and that she made the remarks without consulting him.

"Joe has been consistent all along in saying that neither party should use that imagery in political ads," she said.

Nee was quoted in the story as saying, "Joe's not in favor of cutting and running, but he feels it is appropriate to see what sacrifices we have made."

How bout we point out how much free time Chocola has for his golf game?

Golf Digest has finally answered a question that’s vexed the congressional-lobbying complex for years: Who’s the best golfer in Congress?

Turns out it’s Rep. Chris Chocola (R-Ind.). The second-term lawmaker sports a tidy 0.5 handicap. (Simply defined, a player’s handicap reveals how many strokes he’s expected to shoot over par in a round.)

Chocola says modestly, “I play boring golf. I don’t hit it far, but I hit it straight. I just plod along.”

Jeez Chris, where ever do you find the time to play golf while working for us?