This afternoon I went down to the media event mentioned in this post.
I went down there thinking I might have an opportunity to ask Representative Blunt his opinion on how the stimulus package was benefiting Springfield, MO. A fair question I thought, since today was the 1st anniversary of the bill, Representative Blunt voted against the bill and here he was touring a project that was funded by the stimulus act.
I arrived early or the program was running late, choose one or the other. It was cold. Blunt arrived and my camera quit working, I guess the battery was too cold but I was using the PvtRN's Nikon and I am not an expert on that. I spent way too much time trying to get the camera to work and I missed a window of opportunity to ask Representative Blunt the questions I had wanted to ask.
I will tell you this, though. Those EPA guys are quick, they wanted to know who I was- specifically was I media. I identified myself as Jim Lee, I write a political blog. They left me alone.
Blunt got in the van and went off on a tour of the area as planned. Everybody else went upstairs in the elevator. The KY3 guy asked if I got to ask my question, I said no, I missed it but maybe you'll ask it.
I hung around outside and waited for the van Blunt was in to return.
As Representative Blunt disembarked from the van and started up the steps, I snapped the image leading off this post.
We nodded at each other, he smiled for the camera and I identified myself and asked him if he would care to comment about how President Obama's stimulus package was benefiting Springfield.
"No comment," said Representative Blunt.
Springfield received over $500,000 for this project, how do you think this benefited Springfield I asked again.
He stopped as he got ready to enter the elevator and told me I had the wrong project. The project out at the waste treatment plant received stimulus money, not this one.
No sir, I said, the EPA released a press release last August announcing over $500,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus money) going to the Brownfield Program.
"No comment," said Representative Blunt as he entered the elevator and the doors closed.