Who are your Milk Carton Politicians?

posted at 2:26 pm on August 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, I noted that New Hampshire’s media had taken notice that their Congressional delegation had gone missing during the August recess, rather than hold town-hall meetings to face their constituents about the health-care reform package.  I joked that they had put Paul Hodes, Carol Shea-Porter, and Jean Shaheen on milk cartons, a reference to the admirable effort of milk producers to help find missing children.  Green Room contributor Patrick Ishmael at AIP’s blog noted that Missourians needed to put a picture of Ike Skelton on a few milk cartons, too:

The approach of Missouri represenatives to dealing with the outcry against the health care bill has run the gamut. In St. Louis, Rep. Russ Carnahan has held three disastrous public events. In Lee’s Summit, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver — no doubt influenced by the experiences of Carnahan and others — held a “tele-town hall” and a morning coffee, taking no questions from the audience, all the while insisting that “there is no health care bill” to talk about anyway.

It appears Ike Skelton has one-upped them both. He hasn’t held, and apparently might not hold, any public meetings on the matter.

About 100 people gathered outside Rep. Ike Skelton’s office in Missouri’s capital city to voice concerns about federal health care legislation.

Neither the 17-term Democratic congressman nor his staff were present at the Wednesday evening event, organized by the group Americans for Prosperity and others unhappy that Skelton hasn’t held public meetings about health care.

It seems to me that we need to start a list of Milk Carton Politicians — members of the House and Senate who go MIA when they should be meeting with their constituents to hear their concerns over the health-care overhaul, cap-and-trade, the failure of the stimulus package, and the exploding federal deficit.  Who else belongs on a milk carton?  Be sure to list them in the comments or send us e-mails so that we can ask the national media to find these lost souls.

Update: Please send them in e-mails; the comment thread has been too popular to keep up!

Here’s what we have so far:

  • Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO)
  • Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH)
  • Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
  • Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)
  • Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL)
  • Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA)
  • Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
  • Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA)
  • Rep. Dennis Moore (D-KS)
  • Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)
  • Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX)
  • Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY)
  • Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA)
  • Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI)
  • Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI)
  • Rep. Bob Andrews (D-NJ)
  • Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL)
  • Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL)
  • Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC)
  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ, whose constituents want a recall)
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)
  • Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ)
  • Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO)
  • Rep. John Yarmouth (D-KY)
  • Rep. Chris Carney (D-PA)
  • Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)
  • Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
  • Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL)
  • Rep. Debbie Halverson (D-IL)
  • Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC)
  • Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)
  • Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
  • Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
  • Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA)
  • Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA, who will talk at UCLA about climate change)
  • Rep. Bobby Bright (D-AL)
  • Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)
  • Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
  • Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ)
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA)
  • Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI)
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
  • Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
  • Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
  • Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
  • Rep. John F. Tierney (D-MA)
  • Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
  • Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-AZ)
  • Rep. G. Connolly (D-VA)
  • Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC)
  • Rep. David Price (D-NC)
  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
  • Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA)
  • Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS)
  • Rep. Jim Oberstar (D- MN)
  • Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr (D-IL)
  • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)
  • Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
  • Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
  • Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI)
  • Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
  • Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)
  • Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
  • Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
  • Rep. John Olver (D-MA)
  • Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)
  • Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC)
  • Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD)
  • Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN)
  • Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL, who will meet people who pay $25)
  • Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI)
  • Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ)
  • Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
  • Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)
  • Rep. John Tanner (D-TN)
  • Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)
  • Rep. John Murtha (D-PA)
  • Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH, details here)
  • Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT)
  • Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
  • Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)
  • Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
  • Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX)
  • Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL)
  • Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA)
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
  • Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-OH, not the former TX rep in the movie)
  • Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY)
  • Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY)
  • Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI)
  • Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D-MD)
  • Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL, opposes ObamaCare bill)
  • Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH)
  • Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
  • Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE)
  • Rep. Tom Carper (D-DE)
  • Rep. Ted Kaufman (D-DE)
  • Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
  • Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)
  • Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH)
  • Rep. Jerry McNerny (D-CA)

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Please add the honorable comrade Maxine Waters to the list of the missing.

Kjeil on August 17, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Oh, the list just grows and grows!

misslizzi on August 17, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Taxation without representation!

Osis on August 17, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I agree about not turning this into a debate about John McCain. Whyt I wrote what I did about McCain was to get the attention where it belongs — on people such as Steve Israel, D-NY, who are ducking.

One last note, though, about McCain: what McCain says about the bank bailout is the same as Dick Cheney. They were told that the financial system was collapsing, that if the bailout were not approved, the financial system would collapse adn they were put under pressure to go along. McCain did meet with House Republicans about the bank bailout, and in retrospect, it was a mistake not to oppose the bank bailout. I view Bernacke and Paulson as bad guys. I view Bush and McCain as good guys who went along with something that was a mistake. Even before Bush left office, however, when the Senate voted on the second release of the TARP monies, McCain vited AGAINST that release.

Phil Byler on August 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Phil Byler on August 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

All that I can agree to!
McCain, Bush got rolled by the socialists and for that the socialists should be made to pay!

dhunter on August 17, 2009 at 11:23 AM

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090816/NEWS0108/908170319/Most+local+lawmakers+skip+town+halls

Voinovich (OH-Rino) is staying away. Same for Boehner (OH) and Jean Schmidt (OH).

BuckeyeSam on August 17, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Our senior Senator Herbbie Kohl made the list. As a multi-millionaire he cannot be bothered speaking to the unwashed masses in his state. He’s too tired from sleeping in the Senate doing nothing all these years.

Jeff from WI on August 17, 2009 at 11:27 AM

I’m not really bothered by Shimkus’ absence since I know he will oppose Obamacare, and I generally agree with him on most things. The only politicians who’s absence is worrisome are those who need to be smacked down.

jollycynic on August 17, 2009 at 11:32 AM

You guys (Hot Air) got a shoutout from Fox and Friends this morning on this post!

They gave Ed credit for the milk carton idea, but whatever.

You guys seem to be popping up more and more in the MSM, way to go!

Joe Caps on August 17, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Please add the honorable comrade Maxine Waters to the list of the missing.

Kjeil on August 17, 2009 at 11:06 AM

I thought she passed away a few weeks ago of Ugly Syndrome

Jeff from WI on August 17, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Please add the honorable comrade Maxine Waters to the list of the missing.

Kjeil on August 17, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Ins’t she participating in another “charitable” event for President Carter; Habitat for Hamas?

Laura in Maryland on August 17, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Ins’t she participating in another “charitable” event for President Carter; Habitat for Hamas?

Laura in Maryland on August 17, 2009 at 11:53 AM

LOL…could be…it sounds about right

Jeff from WI on August 17, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Introducing the hopeless RI (D)elegation:

Wheldon Shitehouse – RI’s very own cahpetbaggah! btw, a title he shares with:

Patches Kennedy – guaranteed to go through life never having a REAL job.

Lojack Reed (i.e. rumor has it he’s been hiding in the trunk of his car)

James Langevin – “present”

Sweet_Thang on August 17, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Who are your Milk Carton Politicians?

Maybe they should stay lost.

Are you suggesting they be PASTURE-IZED?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 17, 2009 at 12:09 PM

I see that Rosa DeLauro is on the list, which is correct, I’ve seen no scheduled appearances for her in CT during the month of August. Senator Dodd is busy dealing with his prostate (in NY, even though CT has many fine hospitals), and Joe Lieberman doesn’t seem to have a town hall meeting scheduled for August, although he did come out against the puplic option in the Deathcare bill back in June. So, all is quiet in New Haven so far…

joejm65 on August 17, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Neither of my Senators, Isakson and Chambliss or my Rep. Westmoreland are having any kind of town hall meeting in Ga. So much for hearing from the people.

inspectorudy on August 17, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Neither of my Senators, Isakson and Chambliss have town hall meetings scheduled. And my congressman, Linder, who votes well cancelled the face to face town hall in Suwanne, the only one he had scheduled in his biggest county, Gwinnett, for a 30 minute telephone joke. Maybe Linder was concerned about the union thugs like the 5 busloads that showed up at David “corrupt” Scott’s town hall on Saturday at Mundy’s Mill?

bill30097 on August 17, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

Huh? John McCain has been very vocal in his opposition to ObamaCare so there is no reason for him to hide from his constituents.

Buy Danish on August 17, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Who are your Milk Carton Politicians?

Maybe they should stay lost.
Are you suggesting they be PASTURE-IZED?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 17, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Absolutely – they should MOO-ve on.

Carolina Kat on August 17, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Neither of my Senators, Isakson and Chambliss or my Rep. Westmoreland are having any kind of town hall meeting in Ga. So much for hearing from the people.
inspectorudy on August 17, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Neither of my Senators, Isakson and Chambliss have town hall meetings scheduled.
bill30097 on August 17, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Saxby Chambliss had a meeting in Albany on August 11th, and Macon on 8/13. Google “Senator Chambliss+Town Hall meetings”.

Buy Danish on August 17, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Also AWOL,

Admiral Joe “Smokin Joe Smokestack” Sestak (Lunatic-PA)

Although I kind of hope he stays missing.

james23 on August 17, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Sen. Bob “Silent Bob” Casey, Duh-PA, who hasn’t been heard from on any subject in months.

james23 on August 17, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Rep Michael E. McMahon (D-NY) appears to be missing. He did a Tele-Town Hall back on June 13 on Health Care.

To chicken to meet us Staten Islanders face to face.

Scuba Dude on August 17, 2009 at 1:16 PM

WOW!!!! My congress critter made the list- Boccieri, D_OH. (and I just moved to this diostrict this month)

trainwife1962 on August 17, 2009 at 1:23 PM

To Buy Danish re your post on August 17, 2009 at 12:34 PM:

You are right that McCain has announced opposition to Obama Care and should not be on the list, espcially given his conservative voting record this year. I made that point in some of my earlier posts.

We need to be focusing on who the real missing people are, like Congressman Steve Israel, D-NY.

Phil Byler on August 17, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Add Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) to your list please…

Jonas Parker on August 17, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Sen. McCain has been in Libya, with Graham, Collins and Snowe, so you can remove him from the milk cartons.

Buy Danish on August 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Obama Martyr Brigade: First enlistee

ted c on August 17, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Our local POS made the list, Dennis Moore (D-KS)
Way to go Dennis.

MJZZZ on August 17, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Delaware’ congressional delegation –that would be Carper, Castle and Kaufman — will not be holding townhalls during the August recess. They said they will meet with constituents “in other kinds of forums.” Right.

BigD on August 17, 2009 at 6:54 AM

After all, it’s such a grueling trial to cover the state from end-to-end — all three counties’ worth! (Kaufman has an excuse since he’s purportedly only keeping “Lunchpail” Joe Biden’s seat warm ’til 2010 when one of Joe-Boy’s Doughboys will run.)

ya2daup on August 17, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Massa: I will vote against their opinion if I actually believe it will help enslave them, bankrupt them, or both.

fixin’ it fo’ da massa

Sweet_Thang on August 17, 2009 at 4:05 PM

My CrapWeasel Congresswoman Melissa Bean is holding a Healthcare Townhall disguised as a Chamber Breakfast on September 2 (Wednesday) 7:30AM to 9:30AM at the Concorde Banquet Hall (gated private property on a major highway with no place to stand and protest) in Lake Zurich, IL and CHARGING $25 Per Person to be in her blessed presence.

So let me get this straight……I have to PAY to access my congressional representative but a lobbyist gets to see her in Washington for FREE.

Middle of the work week, AM rush hour, pay to get in, gated private property eliminates protesters, give away VIP passes to supporters and stack the audience. She has really done her homework on this, wish she were as thorough on READING THE F*****G Bill!!!!!

My Honorable Representative…………what a douche bag. Can’t wait for 2010.

PatriotRider

PatriotRider on August 17, 2009 at 4:21 PM

My rep.– old blood and guts Foster — is in hiding, oops, I mean “on vacation”. Wish he’d forget to go back to Washington, and just take a permanent vacation. Maybe he could become a beachcomber in some South American country.

Mulligan on August 17, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Silvestre Reyes,(D) El Paso Texas
This snake legislator showed up at the University of Texas at El Paso, w/ Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for the 6th annual Border Security Conference and Clown Show. He actually received some heckling from some of the attendees who wanted to talk about health care. This obviously was not a health care forum, so our brave Representative had a call-in discussion for a whole hour on one of the local radio shows. Most of us knew he was too chicken to show up by himself in person, to talk about what his constituents really wanted to discuss.

He is currently missing in action.

Susanboo on August 17, 2009 at 5:19 PM

This mild is turning sour…

right2bright on August 17, 2009 at 5:29 PM

If Pelosi ever forgets her Botox, she would end up on a panel of cottage cheese…

right2bright on August 17, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Supposedly, Charlie Wilson (OH-6) held one (count ‘em, one) town hall, in the farthest reaches of his district. I ended up hand-delivering my letter of opposition to his office, I’m not holding my breath that he’d actually deign to talk to his constituents here.

Tim Ryan (OH-17) showed up today to face his constituents.

Wait, no, that wasn’t a town hall. That was a room full of university faculty and staff, and he was droning on about all the pork he’s brought to Youngstown State.

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Snowy Owl on August 17, 2009 at 6:12 PM

My Senator is Chuck Grassley, and I have called him once a week. (I don’t count Tom Harking as my senator–I have called him also–knowing I am talking to thin air…) Senator Grassley was mentioned on Newsbusters today:

Sen Grassley’s Letter to FCC Chair- Questions Media Should Ask About FCC ‘Chief Diversity Officer’

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has publicly released a letter he penned to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski regarding the July 29th announced appointment of new FCC Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd.

In the press release accompanying the missive, the Senator said he was “concerned with the appointment due to Lloyd’s writings on political talk radio and the Fairness Doctrine.”

Check out the article and Grassley’s letter.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/seton-motley/2009/08/17/iowa-sen-grassley-pens-letter-fcc-chair-questions-media-should-be-aski

lovingmyUSA on August 17, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Okay, so Elizabeth Dole lost her Senate seat for failing to show her face in North Carolina. Now Kay Hagan, her replacement, thinks its a good idea to do the same???

DrStock on August 17, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Chris Carney, D-Pa., just met with constituents in Honesdale, Pa. today and has several more town halls scheduled. I’d recommend removing Carney from the list.
However, his Northeast PA colleague, Paul Kanjorski, has not met with anyone constituents, except through those stupid telephone conferences. Kanjo loves getting his face on CNBC’s Squawk Box (there was a period when he was on daily), but he is MIA in his home district.
I recommend adding Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa.

Scranton on August 17, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Speaking of congressmen from Scranton, Pa., where the heck is Bob Casey??? We’ve all seen Arlen Specter get his share, while Casey has been nice and quiet.
I recommend adding Bob Casey, D-Pa.

Scranton on August 17, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Maybe posted before – Michael McMahon (13th District – Staten Island Brooklyn) Dem who got the seat by default – MIA – totally ignoring his center-right constituents – says he’ll do a Townhall after final bill is drafted and before it is voted on – which will probably be a 48 hour window – if that much

lorantscani on August 17, 2009 at 10:26 PM

Rep. Chris Murphy Dem from CT

He had a “congress on your corner” at Stop & Shop the first week of August. 150 people showed up and he hasn’t been seen since.

hotdax on August 18, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Rep. Chris Murphy Dem from CT

He had a “congress on your corner” at Stop & Shop the first week of August. 150 people showed up and he hasn’t been seen since.

hotdax on August 18, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Yep, none of them have and is not the state of CT also known as “The Peoples Republic of CT”?

foxone on August 18, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Update on Dan Boren (D, OK) who finally did schedule town halls.
He stated in his Muscogee townhall, that he would not support any health care bill that included a public option. I guess he is geting it after all. My apology to congresscritter Boren for doing the right thing.

Old Country Boy on August 18, 2009 at 5:12 PM

In the interests of fairness and accuracy Lamar Smith is not yet a complete milk carton candidate. The following is from an official press release.

“Congressman Lamar Smith announced today that he will
hold constituent health care forums for the 21st District of Texas on Monday
August 24 in both Kerrville and San Antonio. He is also asking constituents
to bring their opinions in writing and he will deliver them to the White
House and Congressional Leadership.”

Date 8/24/09 9:30 in Kerrville at the Cailloux center.

at 12:30 in San Antonio at the Schertz Civic Center.

“At the forums, Smith will talk to constituents about his health care
priorities, listen to their ideas and concerns, and field questions. ”

It should also be noted that Smith is AGAINST Obamacare, not for it. Those who can should please attend to show support for his position.

Hyunchback on August 20, 2009 at 1:58 AM

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