I am very glad that Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers has taken a break from her photo-op “conversations” long enough to have a town hall meeting for with constituents during the August recess. A decision for which the people replied, “Well, it’s about time!” My suggestion for the Congresswoman would have been to use a larger venue in order to accommodate a more robust cross-section of our citizens, and to not limit access to event tickets. I would remind the Congresswoman that the purpose of a town hall is to listen to the needs and concerns of the community, not to heap tired partisan talking points upon them.
Here are 5 questions that I think need to be asked of our Representative:
How do you justify your endorsement of a “healthcare” bill that would have put healthcare access at risk for 22 million Americans, including the 184,000 Washington citizens who receive coverage through the marketplace and nearly 700,000 who gained coverage through the expansion of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
How much of your campaign money comes from citizens within our district, versus from PACs, lobbyists, special interests and big businesses outside our district?
What is more important to you, party or country? If country, then why does your voting record only align with your party?
How is it not a conflict of interest to be a member of GOP leadership and also the elected representative for a district where 40% of people lean more progressive?
Simple “yes” or “no” question - Will you vote to impeach President Trump if the FBI investigation led by Special Counselor Robert Mueller provides evidence of impropriety?
We have many more questions for the Congresswoman, as do a great many of the citizens in Eastern Washington. These five questions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our concerns with her values and priorities.
Header Photo credit: Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review, April 21, 2017