Over on the Twitter, Sean Carroll was complaining about Louise Slaughter’s refusal to take campaign questions at her press availability this afternoon. Since the event was in the Federal Building, she said she couldn’t talk about the campaign. Chapter 4 of the House Ethics manual [pdf] does say you can’t conduct a campaign out of a House office, but answering questions isn’t campaigning, so I think Louise just didn’t want to talk to the press and she came up with a plausible excuse. So, on the part of the 13-WHAM newscast I saw, Sean got to tell us all that Louise looked good and said she was feeling fine.
For more than twenty years, Louise has lived in a world where Louise talks about what Louise wants to talk about. Today, Louise wanted to talk about the bill she sponsored, the STOCK act, which just passed Congress, so that’s what she did. Like Maggie, Louise has been in front of the press for a good part of her adult life, and she’s not going to get caught saying anything unless she’s prepared to say it.