Matt Tully has a blog entry suggesting that it is politically smart of the Democrats to take Chris Chocola to task for not taking any action to try and stop Governor Daniels’ Toll Road privatization, but, it’s not fair of them to do so.
Essentially, Democrats are blasting Chocola for not being a phony. Essentially, they are criticizing him for not sending Daniels a wink-wink message cautioning against leasing the stretch of road. Essentially, Democrats are criticizing a congressman for not sticking his fingers in a debate he had no role in.
This was a Statehouse issue. Do Hoosiers really want members of Congress interfering with state issues?
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[W]hen it comes to the toll road lease, what does that have to do with Congress?
As I pointed out in the comment section, Chocola was perfectly willing to write a letter to the United States Department of Transportation expressing his opinion that Elkhart County and St. Joseph County share the same time zone. Since, at that point, it was procedurally impossible for Elkhart County to be moved to Central Time, this was functionally a request that the USDOT deny St. Joseph County’s petition to be moved into the Central Time Zone.
This was an executive branch agency review of a county petition. What does that have to do with Congress? It’s fair of constituents to expect Chocola to show at least that much interest in the Toll Road privatization and to criticize him for failing to do so.