Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is in the Middle East. Who knew? Her staff announced the trip to Iraq this morning while she was in Kuwait. The Dallas Morning News reports:
Congressional missions to war zones are routinely unannounced ahead of time for security reasons. Congress is on recess this week.
“Senator Hutchison celebrated the Fourth of July holiday a little early, meeting with Army troops and members of the Texas National Guard in Iraq,” her office announced.
This makes sense. First of all, she doesn’t strike me as the kind of person who would publicize this type of thing anyway. And secondly, it’s in everyone’s best interest if these trips are announced after they happen. It’s a safety issue for all involved.
According to the story, Hutchison will discuss the trip with journalists this afternoon. Keep your eyes peeled for that today.