Brewtown Politico

Carrying a little stick and speaking loudly in Milwaukee


The Hill is reporting that the House Judiciary Committee will no longer allow ranking member John Conyers (D-MI) to reserve House office space for his forums.

Conyers began holding forums on such topics as election reform and the state of the American media after Democrats on the committee felt those issues weren't being heard in committee. However, on at least one occasion participants in the forum referred to Conyers as "Mr. Chairman" prompting Republicans to accuse Conyers of misleading viewers that it was official committee business. That's the line of reasoning that a majority spokesman Jeff Lungren used to explain why they'll no longer be able to rent space.

“They were unwilling or unable to make those changes,” Lungren said. “At this point, if they want to hold these forums, they’ll have to find some other place to do it.”

Sean McLaughlin, deputy chief of staff for Sensenbrenner, recently wrote to a minority staffer in more pointed language.

“I’m sitting here watching your ‘forum’ on C-SPAN,” McLaughlin wrote. “Just to let you know, it was your last. Don’t bother asking [for a room] again.”

In a separate article, the paper notes that future forums will take place at DNC headquarters.


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