Most people start their work week by rolling out of bed and preparing for a morning commute. U.S. Representative John Dingell has another idea of how to do it. At 8:00 AM, he’s being driven out to rural Maryland in order to shoot pheasants at the Whistling Hill Regulated Shooting Area near Boonsboro.
Congressman Dingell now uses a cane to support himself when he stands to make a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives. How is he going to hold himself steady enough to shoot birds out in a field early in the morning?
The answer is that shooting pheasants isn’t really the point of John Dingell’s pheasant hunt. The point is to provide lobbyists and representatives of political action committees with a chance to tell Dingell what kinds of laws they want to see passed – after they’ve paid Dingell for the privilege of his company.
The pheasant hunt is being set up Fraioli Associates, a Washington D.C. firm that specializes in fundraising events. Congressman Dingell may not bag any birds, but that won’t stop him from stopping to pick up the bundles of cash that influence peddlers have left lying around on the ground. This won’t be the kind of hunt his constituents have are used to back in Michigan.