May 30, 2006

Evans makes unscheduled appearance at Arsenal Memorial Day ceremony

Lane Evans braved the intense heat to address the crowd gathered on the Rock Island Arsenal on Memorial Day, marking his first public appearance in a while.
He debated whether Memorial Day’s sweltering heat would be too much for his medical condition.

But as long-time U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Illinois, walked the short distance from his vehicle to the stage at Rock Island National Cemetery on Arsenal Island, he said he thought to himself, “Damn straight.”

“I’m happy to be here,” he told a large crowd gathered on the cemetery lawn, spurring applause.

It was one of Evans’ first public appearances since he announced his Parkinson’s disease had progressed to the point that he won’t run for office again. And his visit came as a surprise to many who attended the annual ceremony.

Evans was not listed on the program as a speaker, but said he felt it was important to attend and show his support for veterans and active military members — and the rest of the community — he has served since 1983.

“I feel really good,” he said. “I’m fighting my condition.”

Standing at the podium, Evans thanked the veterans for their hard work to defend the country, and the parents “who sent your children off to war.”

“It’s not an easy thing to do,” he said.

Afterward, Evans stood near the edge of the stage, as a long line of well-wishers waited for a turn to thank the congressman for his service. One by one, they shook Evans’ hand. Some even saluted him.

Evans seemed emotional talking about the community’s show of support, calling it “very gratifying.”

“These are my people,” he said.

photo from Q.C. Times


At 5/30/2006 4:40 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Oh yeah, this is the guy Don Johnson said was out of his mind.
The guy that Phil Hare was supposed to made up all the stuff about the endorsement.
Did you see him Don?

At 5/30/2006 5:46 PM, Blogger Anon 10:32 said...

Now the votes will surely come in for the one and only Lane Evans. Phil Hare in a landslide.

At 6/01/2006 1:31 PM, Blogger HRC said...

Lane Evans = Man.

This is really hard to see. I knew him when he was a rookie. Always a class act.

At 6/01/2006 1:39 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

So true HRC.

One of the rare politicians who didn't consider the entire thing a cyncial game of how to pull the wool over the public's eyes. A guy who actualy HAD principles which couldn't be bought off by the higest bidder.

At 6/01/2006 4:52 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

I've been critical of Evans in the past for being a do-nothing, but when you consider the Jefferson saga, plus Abramoff, plus who knows how many other Congresspersons, both Democrats and Republicans, will end up getting caught up in scandal, maybe it's a good thing to have a Congressman who just puts in his time, collects his paycheck then goes home to drink beer and watch TV.

Dope, you mention Evans' "principles", but has Evans ever had his principles tested? He has been in Congress for over 20 years, yet has no influence or power. Is that good or bad? Dunno, but at least he probably won't embarrass us with a Jefferson-like scandal.

At 6/02/2006 10:50 PM, Blogger Anon 10:32 said...

Doesn't Lane look fantastic. This is the strong Lane Evans that we have all loved for all of these years.

At 6/04/2006 6:57 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

I understand why you're cheerleading Evans, anon 10:32, but Evans is nothing like he was, and you know it.

It's just so sad that he chose to hang on instead of going out on top like he could have if he would have chosen not to run in '04.

His statement in '04 that if elected, he could "do the job" seems hollow and cynical now.

But Lane got what he wanted.


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