Recently, the Blogland reported on lame-duck Congressman John Spratt's "Chicken Rules" in which he has refused to allow his speaking appearances to be recorded in audio and video form.
It seems these rules don't just apply to joint appearances with State Senator Mick Mulvaney, Spratt's challenger. According to FITSNews, it is a standard policy that Spratt will not allow anything he says to be documented:
U.S. Budget Chairman John Spratt gave a speech earlier this month bashing private accounts for America’s debt-laden Social Security system – a concept he supported in the not-too-distant past.
Of course what’s noteworthy about the embattled Congressman’s latest adventure in flip-flopping on this issue isn’t so much the Democratic talking points he regurgitates in this speech, it’s the way his handlers are continuing to limit public access to the fourteen-term incumbent. In fact, as Spratt was about to begin his address on Social Security, an attempt to videotape his remarks was shut down by one of his handlers.
“You’re not authorized to do that in here,” Spratt’s communications director Wayne Wingate scolds a would-be videographer, making a beeline toward his camera.
In addition to the budgets which his committee won't be writing, much less passing, this year, it begs the question of what else John Spratt has to hide.