The Louisville Courier-Journal noted that the "Rolling Stone" had dubbed Hal Rogers as one of the ten worst Congressmen. A portion of that news story follows: E-mail this Print page
"Regional Headline: McConnell still optimistic on GOP election chances (20061022)";
"James R. Carroll's: Notes from Washington
"McConnell still optimistic on GOP election chances
"By James R. Carroll email@example.com The Courier-Journal
"The prognosticators might be sensing a Democratic (pick one) (a) wind, (b) wave, (c) tsunami, (d) earthquake out there, but Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell is taking (e) none of the above.
The Kentucky Republican, campaigning in Lexington on Thursday, emphatically backed President Bush on his Iraq war policies and offered no hang-dog comments about the GOP's fortunes on Nov. 7.
"Asked by reporters whether the increased violence in Iraq was geared to sending a message for the upcoming American elections, McConnell replied:
"I don't know. I think the strategy from the beginning has been to break the will of the American people so that we would give up and leave. And there's no question ... that the violence in Baghdad has an impact on American public opinion. I don't think there's any question about that. … ***
"Beyond the music
"Rolling Stone takes a different tack in its latest issue, looking at "the Worst Congress Ever."
"Unlike Esquire, the rock mag (it still is that, isn't it, somewhere in the celeb stuff?) is not feeling favorable toward Rogers.
"In fact, Rogers is rated one of the 10 worst members of Congress by Rolling Stone, which says that as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's homeland security subcommittee, "he has placed the interests of his own district ahead of defending the nation" from al-Qaida.
The magazine alleges that Rogers influenced the awarding of questionable homeland security contracts in his district. On the magazine's Web site, Rogers' picture morphs into Osama bin Laden's.
"Rogers responded in a statement Friday that Rolling Stone "is a liberal rag, so I consider this distinction a badge of honor."
"The lawmaker called the magazine's allegations "grossly incorrect and highly slanderous."
"To purport that my actions have compromised national security in an effort to bring jobs to Kentucky or for personal gain is an absolute lie," Rogers said.
"I'm confident that the citizens of Kentucky can recognize the partisan nature of this article and conveniently toss it into the trash where it belongs."
"Reporter James R. Carroll can be reached at (202) 906-8141."
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