WASHINGTON — Can anyone say “election year”?
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) announced Friday he will hold a field hearing later this month in Illinois, letting citizens have their say about whether the record industry is doing enough to protect kids from violent lyrics.
The session is skedded for Sept. 30 in Edwardsville, not even Upton’s home turf. Turns out the district is home to Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who’s in a tight congressional race being carefully monitored by leaders of both parties.
Political operatives say Upton is doing Shimkus a political favor, since Shimkus has taken up the issue of whether the music biz should do more to protect kids.
The perk for pols like Shimkus? There’s nothing like going after the entertainment biz to drum up some headlines.
A witness list for the hearing has yet to be released by Upton.