The Tennessean‘s Elizabeth Bewley reports that Tennessee’s congressional freshmen have kept a tight budget as compared with their colleagues. In particular, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais had spent less than half of his budget by the end of the third quarter.
Republican Reps. Diane Black of Gallatin, Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump, Scott DesJarlais of Jasper and Chuck Fleischmann of Ooltewah have spent a smaller portion of their annual office budgets than their more senior colleagues, according to a Gannett Washington Bureau analysis of records from the first three quarters of the year.
The one area cited in the article in which the four freshmen outspent most of their delegation colleagues is printing and postage.
What do you think? Is this frugal approach cutting the mustard?
(You kind of need to remember this to get the full effect here.)