The Run Around
I am starting to get more reports in about letters and phone calls. Here are some emails from readers.
M.K., constituent of Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA):
I dont know if I still have it but he voted for the rule change. The letter, however, was an amazing piece of writing. It took me about 3 or 4 reads to figure out how he voted because of the way the letter was worded. The letter rationalized the vote by saying that since House Democrats have no rule at all governing the indictment of a leader the Republicans, are in effect, more ethical. It was really amazing.
P., constituent of Doc Hastings (R-WA), recounting a conversation with Hastings' Chief of Staff:
He said he'd send me a letter. I responded that I was disappointed in the Congressman's efforts to increase transparency on Congress. He said that because of the Republicans, people have access to every vote a Congressman casts on the floor. I then asked him to stop treating me like I'm stupid, because I've been following Congressional votes for 25 years and individual floor votes were always public during that time.
Caught in a lie he panicked and asked me if I was familiar with Doc's ethics committee votes in regard to DeLay. I responded that if he checked the letters, he'd find a couple from me that were critical of the Ethics Committee's handslaps. I reminded him again that I wasn't stupid and asked him to stop trying to spin me with excuses meant to convince ignorant people.
I then said that if he didn't know how Doc voted, as CoS, he surely knew where Doc stood on such a controversial issue. He finally admitted that Doc supported the DeLay rule and went into a defense of Doc's vote for it. I pointed out that he had just admitted that he knew Doc voted for it, and he replied that he misspoke and that while Doc supported the rule, the vote was secret.