11.15.2007

Obama Has No State Senate Records?

As someone who once worked in a State Senate office over the course of several years, I don't buy it.

Not at all.

At least in Wisconsin, a typical State Senate office generates a massive amount of records - in hard copy and electronic form - of scheduling material, constituent correspondence and casework, issue research, drafting materials, and more.

Sometimes shipments of archival material fail to make it to their destination or get trashed by accident. Databases collapse. However, to claim that eight years in office in the Illinois State Senate produced nothing - or that every shred of every last record was misplaced or lost - is laughable.

The factual notes in the piece linked above - which seem to indicate the existence of at least some records at earlier points - raises even more questions than the simple logical argument.