Census Bureau Sending Convicted Sex Offenders Door-to-Door?

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Familiar Face

The Census Bureau is taking some tough criticism for hiring a convicted sex offender and sending him out to knock on doors in New Jersey.

Frank Kuni was hired, trained and given an ID card before an FBI fingerprint analysis revealed he was using an alias. While Kuni was going door-to-door, a woman recognized him and called the police.

Alabama Republican Senator Richard Shelby called the lack of oversight unacceptable: "That the Census Bureau could be so poorly managed as to hire a convicted sex offender to go door-to-door to collect personal information."

The Census Bureau director in Philadelphia says next time they'll "tweak" the system to improve it.

Tough Times

Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias just can't seem to catch a break in his run for Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat.

Politico reports fellow Illinois Democrat Jesse Jackson, Jr. is flirting with the idea of endorsing Republican Mark Kirk.

Jackson says, "I like Alexi Giannoulias, but I have great respect for Mark Kirk and his service to the people of Illinois."

Crying Fowl

You'll have to leave your chicken suit at home if you plan to vote in Nevada this year.

Election officials say that the fowl costumes have been added to the list of banned items inside polling places, after they became symbols of ridicule for Republican candidate Sue Lowden. She has been mocked for suggesting people barter with doctors for medical care, like when "our grandparents would bring a chicken to the doctor."

Democrats have been sending volunteers in chicken suits to her campaign events.

Need for Speed?

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is cracking down on speeders because he says there is "madness" on the highways.

Chavez says he was out driving recently when he was tailgated in the slow lane by an impatient young man who honked and passed him on the shoulder.

Chavez says he chased the man down and scolded the remorseful driver.

Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.