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Giving public service a better name

July 11, 2014
By Mark Shields , Daily Press

WASHINGTON - A while back, after the Gallup poll had reported that public confidence in Congress had fallen to a then-record low of 9 percent, Arizona Sen. John McCain observed that for Congress, "9 percent" meant we were down to "paid staffers and blood relatives." When a more recent Gallup poll found public confidence in Congress had dropped even further to only 7 percent, McCain amended his analysis. Reporting that he had just received a blunt call from his mother Roberta, still remarkable at 102 years old, he said, "I can report that we are now down to just paid staffers."

 
 
 

 

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