Thursday, July 19, 2012

Patrick Leahy - Attention Whore

Vermont's senior senator is trading his roll as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to gain cameo rolls in Batman movies.
“In terms of being another example of the way Washington works and how senators trade their office for their private amusement and enjoyment, it’s a good example,” said Tom Fitton of the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Leahy, an admitted longtime Batman fan, has an on-screen speaking role in “The Dark Knight Rises,” which is slated for release this weekend. It follows previous cameos the lawmaker has made in Batman movies, including 2008’s “The Dark Knight.”

In a brief interview outside the Senate floor this week, Leahy brushed off the suggestion that it may be inappropriate for him to accept a movie role when the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs has jurisdiction over issues affecting the movie industry.

He denied that his cameo could be seen as a gift from those in the movie industry.

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