News

Davis Defends Chief of Staff Choice

Davis Defends Chief of Staff Choice

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

U. S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) is defending his choice of a chief of staff: a former co-worker who, in the interim, lobbied for Monsanto and Land O’Lakes.

Davis, responding to opponent Ann Callis’ claims in Thursday’s Bernard Schoenburg political column in the State Journal-Register, says it’s “ironic” that a campaign for a woman is criticizing Davis – on equal pay grounds — for hiring Jen Daulby, an accomplished woman.

“She’s just doing a tremendous job,” Davis says. “To see her brought into the political attacks … it’s just unfortunate, but it’s part of politics.”

Daulby’s hire raised questions in Callis’s camp about whether Daulby was hired because of her position on issues also important to Davis, such as school lunch legislation.

But Davis says it’s local school superintendents in his districts, and not industry lobbyists, who influence his vote on such matters.

Recent Headlines

20 hours ago in Entertainment

McDonald’s serving up ‘smarter’ Happy Meals

18-overlay-2

Ronald McDonald plans to serve up a side of literacy as the fast food giant swaps toys for millions of books.

20 hours ago in Entertainment

OPENING WEEKEND: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

12-overlay-2

Here's a look at some of the films set to open this weekend.

1 day ago in Music

Lionel Richie’s book is too hot to handle

lionelrichie

Lionel Richie is desperate to write a "juicy" book about his career but has to wait until the people he wants to include die.