I almost spit out my coffee this morning when I saw this news blurb - Carol Sente, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of retiring State Rep. Kathy Ryg, will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of her appointment to the office at... wait for it... an open house at the United Autoworkers (UAW) hall in Lincolnshire.
I can't find the text online, but here's the story as printed in this morning's Lake County News-Sun:
SENTE OPEN HOUSE: To mark her one-year anniversary of being sworn in as a legislator, state Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, is inviting residents to an open house Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the United Autoworkers office, 680 Barclay Blvd., Lincolnshire. Sente will discuss what she has done to change the business-as-usual attitude in Springfield. The open house is free of chrage and open to the public. Coffee and bagels will be available. Following the open house, Sente and volunteers will circulate a community survey door to door to help identify priorities and concerns for area residents who are not able to attend. RSVP by Friday at (847) 883-0060, or my e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nothing says thank you to a special interest like having a big ol' "thank you" party at the house of the ones that you need out there muscling the votes this November.
So, is this an official open house and constituent outreach to residents of the 59th District??? It sure sounds that way from the news blurb above, especially the part about distributing a survey. Heck, I was ready to show up myself.
But the true story is revealed on the "Organizing for America" (formerly Obama for America) website:
Open House & Canvass for Carol Sente (Democratic Campaign Event)
Since taking office nearly one year ago, Carol has spent her time listening, learning and building strong bi-partisan relationships. Please join us for an Open House as we mark Carol's one-year anniversary of becoming State Representative and learn about the actions she has taken to change the status quo in state government on Saturday, September 11, at 10:00 a.m. at the U.A.W. Building located at 680 Barclay Blvd. in Lincolnshire.
Yup, same event. But on the O.F.A. site, it is clearly labeled as a campaign event. Sheesh.
If you live in the 59th District, vote Dan Sugrue, and end business as usual in Springfield. You'll be glad you did.