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Vituperations for Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We growled on January 13, 2012 about the results of a Gallup poll. According to Gallup, “Americans name jobs, the national debt, continuing economic decline, outsourcing, and politicians' bickering -- including President Obama and Congress -- when asked to say what worries them most about the national economy at this time.”

Now comes Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois), a tin ear politician. According to Josiah Ryan, writing at Floor Action Blog of the Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill, on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 (but significantly updated on Thursday, January 26, 2012):

“Twenty thousand jobs is really not that many jobs, and investing in green technologies will produce that and more,” she said on Chicago’s WLS Radio Don Wade and Roma Show on Wednesday morning. “But I’ll tell you what, you know it seems to me that the Republicans would rather have an issue than a pipeline.”

“Schakowsky contacted The Hill on Thursday to clarify that she supports job creation but thinks it ought to be done on a larger scale.

"We need to be talking about millions of jobs and that’s what the American Job Act does," she said, speaking of the latest iteration of President Obama's job plan, presented at the State of the Union on Tuesday. "[W]e have to be thinking big."

By the way, Rep. Schakowsky is not some backbench member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rather, as Joel Pollak points out at Big Government, she “is Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democrats–a core leader of her party in Congress, not just a marginal representative.”

There hasn’t been a great deal of mainstream media news about the comments that Ms. Schakowsky’s made on the Don Wade and Roma WLS radio show, but for Rep. Schakowsky to contact The Hill the following day suggests that her Capitol Hill office received a large number of critical phone calls. Ethel Fenig has more at American Thinker on Thursday.

You can listen to Wade and Roma interviewing Rep. Schakowsky here at WLS 890 radio, here at Moonbattery, or here at Real Clear Politics.

If you wish to comment directly to Rep. Schakowsky’s office, her Capitol Hill phone number is (202) 225-2111. Her district’s constituents can e-mail her using her webform.

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