A new public radio station. A cultural heritage center for Bristol’s Birthplace of Country Music. A veterans cemetery that would be the first in Southwest Virginia.
U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher has made all of those projects possible by securing $10 million in federal money, and he wants his constituents to know.
A recent mailing to Bristol residents from Boucher might be self-promotional – it is studded with references to the 9th District Democrat’s role in procuring the money, and features him in four photos – but it is not campaign literature. The italicized print in the upper left hand corner designates the mail as “official business,” prepared and mailed at taxpayer expense. Last year, Boucher was among the most prolific congressional users of franked mail, a legislative privilege that allows lawmakers to send mail through the U.S. Postal Service with their signature in place of a stamp.
Noooo, it's not campaign lit...Heh. Ole Feckless Rick is on the ropes!