Inside Move: Dingell ships music hearing back to D.C.

Democrat unhappy about Upton's call to move meeting

There was bellowing on Capitol Hill last week when a top Democrat learned that Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) was going to hold a fieldhearing in Illinois on the corrupting influence of the record biz.

It didn’t take much sleuthing on the part of Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) to learn the reason behind Upton’s plan to convene in Edwardsville, Ill., on Sept. 30.

Upton chairs a subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee. Dingell is the ranking member on Commerce.

There’s a fierce congressional race in that part of Illinois, and the Republican candidate, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), was hoping the hearing would make headlines.

Shimkus is among those pols often taking the entertainment industry to task for exposing America’s kids to violent and salacious lyrics.

Problem is, it’s not cool to turn a field hearing into a campaign prop, considering it’s the taxpayer footing the travel costs.

Dingell made his unhappiness abundantly clear, and Upton has now moved the hearing back to Washington.

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