Americans like to imagine that government workers have it easy.
I suppose some of them do, but I don't think that applies to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's press staff. I'm beginning to wonder how they do so much work.
Every member of Congress, Democrat or Republican, has a press staff that churns out press releases sharing the lawmaker's accomplishments and deep thoughts. They take phone calls from reporters and answer questions.
On July 24, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's staff posted four press releases on his official website. That's a pretty good day's work.
On the same day, Brown's staff posted a whopping 18 press releases. "Sen. Brown Applauds U.S. Department of Agriculture's Appointment of Ohio State University Professor to Board of New Research Foundation." "Sen. Brown Announces More Than $50,000 in New Federal Resources to Train, Support, and Protect Firefighters in Stark County." "During Hearing, Sen. Brown Urges Congress to Protect Social Security Which Helps Lift 22 Million Americans Out of Poverty." And on and on and on.
I know the press staff takes phone calls and fields questions, too, because they are quite good about getting back to me when I have a question. When I need a statement for a topic that's not covered in a press release, they can usually get one within a few hours.
But now I feel bad about giving them even more work. I imagine Brown's press staff trying to slip out the door at the end of the day, hoping the boss won't stop them for "just one more" press release.