Political Pranksters Accuse Incumbent Of "Ducking" Voters

Aug 19, 2013

Rep. Rodney Davis

Congressman Rodney Davis recently found himself being shadowed by a giant duck.

Technically it's a woman in a duck suit.

Nafia Khan was one of a handful of activists at the State Fairgrounds holding signs that accuse Congressman Davis of "ducking" constituents. They say he's not holding any town hall meetings.

"(If) he wants to come back and report back to us what he's specifically doing in Congress, we'd love that, and we can engage with him further," Khan said.

Davis is a Republican from Taylorville, and the duck protesters are backed by the national Democratic Congressional organization.

A Davis spokesman dismisses it as "political funny season," and says the congressman has been meeting with constituents one-on-one.

At a state Republican meeting in Springfield last week, he took the duck as a badge of honor.

"Who else brought protesters to this event today?"

Davis, in his first term in Congress, isn't only the target of Democratic operatives. He's also facing a primary challenge from lawyer and former Miss America Erika Harold.

Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey contributed to this report.