Iowa Congressman Rod Blum probably should probably avoid giving interviews.
The hitherto anonymous Republican lawmaker took a very unfortunate turn in the limelight after storming out of an interview with Iowa’s local KCRG-TV9. Making matters worse, the interview took place inside a school and the Congressman had been flanked by a troupe of smiling children.
The station’s Investigative Reporter Josh Scheinblum started things off by asking why Blum was planning to ID individuals coming to a town hall he plans to hold.
“We want people from the first district to be at our town halls, we don’t want people from outside of the first district,” said Blum. We don’t need people from Chicago there, or Des Moines there or Minneapolis there. I don’t represent them. They should go talk to their representatives as their town hall meetings. I don’t know why they would want to be at my town hall meetings to start with.”
“Some would make the case that you represent all Iowans,” said Scheinblum. “Shouldn’t all Iowans have a voice at the table?”
“I don’t represent all Iowans,” said Blum definitively, adding that the idea was similar to suggesting he could vote in Iowa City even though he didn’t live there.
Scheinblum, with instincts showing his national potential, then moved in for the kill “Would you still take donations from a Republican in Iowa City?”
Knowing he was caught like a Channel catfish, Blum ripped off his microphone, and marched off. “I’m done here,” he said. “This is ridiculous!”
The children, looking befuddled, followed him out of the classroom.
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