By Aleta Srickland
I have been trying for over a year to meet with my Representative or his staff. When he first ran for office he promised to be the “Most accessible Member of Congress” but that has not been the case. While I am sure that many special interest groups lobby Mr. Brat, of the over 700,000 registered voters in the 7th district I bet not that many private citizens ask to meet. I had a meeting scheduled in April of 2017 with a staffer. She cancelled an hour before and refused to reschedule.
He has gotten a lot of negative press with his “Women in my grill” comment and the fiasco at the late opening of his campaign office last month. He emailed an invitation to constituents. Those who wanted to attend pre-registered. The disaster happened when those people arrived with their printed confirmed tickets and were either turned away or threatened with arrest if they did not leave.
You must be joking. Is this the United States?
His staff knew that damage control was needed but like most hastily thrown together reactive plans, a great idea was executed poorly. Coming to the county and offering to meet with interested constituents was a great idea. It was poor form to only inform select constituents, inconsiderate to give 24 hours notice, and out of touch to hold it during the work day.
We were graciously allowed 25 minutes where we brought up concerns regarding his lack of accessibility to constituents, poor response after the tragedy in Charlottesville last year, his habit of quoting a hate group on his Facebook page, lack of leadership on ethical issues, fostering division among citizens, and inconsistencies between his words and actions.
Sadly after all this time waiting to actually have a conversation with the man I was greatly disappointed. He seemed to have no idea how to conduct civil discourse and to have an intellectual discussion about differing ideas. He was arrogant, defensive, and provided information that was untrue. He seemed unable to grasp any viewpoint that is different from his own or to consider a different interpretation of his words and actions. People who cannot separate their self-value from their ideas are unable to compromise in order to work well with other legislators.
I have had an opportunity to speak with both candidates for the 7th congressional district and my choice is an easy one. I will vote for the candidate who is well informed on current pending legislation, has foreign policy experience, cares about issues specific to the rural areas, and understands the challenges of raising a family. She is a true public servant and I hope you will join me in supporting Abigail Spanberger for Congress.
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