Duckworth, Davis among congress members who skipped out on Benghazi hearing

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill
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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill

By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog

SPRINGFIELD  —  U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., is a busy, busy man.


That’s why he didn’t stick around last week during a congressional hearing into the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. He wasn’t disrespecting the families of those killed, he said.

“The hearing had been going on, and it had gone on all morning,” Davis told Illinois Watchdog Monday. “We have things scheduled. Issues forums. I had one coming up.”

Davis’ issue forum was on child welfare.

The congressman also said he was rushing to get to last week’s Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus.

That conference draws thousands from across the country “to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing black America and the Diaspora.”

The three day event, complete with dinners and exhibitors in some swanky D.C. hotels, began Thurday, the same day as the Benghazi hearings.

“It wasn’t even a matter that all people were there,” Davis said. “There were some (congressmen) who were never there … There are all kind of reasons (why) people left. They may have had to go to the washroom.”

Voters in Illinois did not buy the congressman’s explanation.

Davis’ official Congressional Facebook is filled with comments from angry voters.

“Shame on you” reads one. “You are a disgrace,” reads another.

It is the same for U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth. The suburban Illinois Democrat also left the Benghazi hearing.

Duckworth, who is a wounded Iraq war veteran, did not return calls to Illinois Watchdog for comment.

Facebook comments on her official page took her to task.



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  2. Whatever the forum's outcome, hope Tulsi G. knows how important Benghazi is to the military's pride. She stated;
    "One of the devastating impacts here is obviously the military plays a huge role in our economy. While mission essential or essential personnel will still have to report to work, you’re gonna see folks not getting paid, whether they be law enforcement or military,” Rep. Gabbard said.

  3. Tammy Duckworth exploits her injuries and service for political gain every time. McCain does too

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