“That’s right, Christine, speculation grows here among policy-makers as to the whereabouts of second-term Congresswoman Cynthia Kang. What I can tell our audience is, no one on her staff will give us a detailed answer on where she might be.”
“Highly unusual,” Global News Service’s overnight news anchor Christine Ranjipur noted, back in the studio.
“Very,” the field correspondent Grace McGowan-Ling agreed, as she stood in front of the Rayburn Office Building. A slight wind ruffled her lustrous black hair and she squinted as grit blew into one eye. “Let’s remind everyone that Kang’s chief of staff Chet Kimbrough was found beaten and dehydrated in a wooded area outside of Los Angeles.”
“That’s right, Grace, and so far have authorities said what happened to him?”
“They’ve been mum,” Christine, “adding fuel to the rumor this was a violent message intended for the Congresswoman, who is known for taking on corruption and kick-back schemes among some government vendors. I believe it was in her first term she got the plum appointment of being on a committee that investigated the contractor WebCore. An entity that had been hired by the Pentagon to supply a specific part for Apache helicopters, and it turned out they’re were overcharging for this item at something like 300 percent.”
“Pretty astounding for a freshman representative to get such an assignment,” the news anchor noted. “Still, why target her and not the chairman of that committee?” she speculated aloud, then quickly added: “Of course we’re in no way saying that WebCore, a subsidiary of the far-flung Fallenbee Directive, is behind this troubling sequence of events.”
“Of course not,” the field journalist concurred. “In fact, what I have been able to get out of the staff is the Congresswoman is away but they are well aware of where she is–at least that’s the impression they give.”
“You’re not suggesting they don’t know where she is?” Ranjipur leaned forward slightly at her desk, sensing an angle on the story that she hadn’t considered. What if Kang had been kidnapped, as had happened to Kimbrough? Now, to break that would surely boost her lagging ratings–she had a mandate to, as the Brits would say, sex up her segments. She knew from friends that athe good-looking lefty Kang swung both ways. Maybe she’d run off with a couple and was holed somewhere indulging in a ribald three-way, and her embarrassed staff had decided saying little was the best approach. Now that would get some attention and secure her year-end bonus.