Letter: Record fails to include constituency
Monday, October 3, 2011
As I read Dave Langdon’s Sept. 25 letter, “Herrera Beutler true to her word,” where he raises Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, to near folk heroine status, I grew ever more distressed.
Here is a representative who often meets with constituents only in small groups that are carefully chosen more for photo opportunity than content. Here is a representative who accepts written questions directed to her office and crafts vague non-responses that offer nothing more than platitudes and disrespect for the questioners. Here is a representative who fails to listen to the majority of her constituents and in doing so plows forward in reverse. Her voting record quite clearly shows that she votes in lock step with the Tea Party.
While you may personally agree or disagree with her voting record, the challenge with our representative continues to be her unresponsiveness to requests to meet with her constituents to discuss the issues.
This “my way or the highway” attitude has been the hallmark of the most recent sessions of Congress and needs to stop. Being elected is not a single mandate from a single voter; it is an opportunity to serve us all. This Herrera Beutler has failed most completely to do.