Monday, May 20, 2013
Jim Matheson: It's Official(ly over)
I received your email today asking me to donate to your campaign, since Mia Love just announced she is going to run against you again next year.
With all due respect, Congressman, I'm starting to think that maybe having Mia be our congresswoman wouldn't be so bad, because on my number one issue, you and Mia have the exact same opinion.
On Thursday, you sent me an email saying that you once again voted for the repeal of ObamaCare. In fact, you said that you have always voted for the repeal of ObamaCare. You said that ObamaCare is a flawed bill.
On that, I agree. However, ObamaCare is an improvement over what we would have if the numerous attempts to repeal the bill were successful.
Furthermore, YOU have the ability to fix ObamaCare. So far, I have seen exactly ZERO proposals from you to fix ObamaCare. Well, other than just repeal.
Yes, you are only one of 435 Congressmen. However, one of the glories of Congress is that ANY Congressman can propose a bill.
Yet, you don't.
You have seniority. You've been in Congress since 2001. That's longer than any other current Representative from Utah. In fact, only 119 Congresspeople have been there longer than you. That means you have more seniority than 73% of Congress.
So, where's your proposal? How are you going to fix the problem?
Congressman Matheson, I want to like you. I'm a moderate Democrat. I voted for you in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. In fact, in 2010, I voted for you 3 times -- at convention, in a primary, and in the general election. In 2012, I was redistricted out of your district, but I told every friend I could that lived in your district why they should vote for you instead of Mia Love. My voting for you predates my being a Democrat. I've thrown money your way several times. I've defended you. I've overlooked some of your other votes. I've overlooked your refusal to hold real town halls and talk to your constituents.
But, that's over. Until you step up, show some leadership, and propose a solution, we're officially over. No money, no volunteering, no defending you to my more liberal (or conservative) friends.
In fact, when friends in the Fourth District ask me if they should vote for in next year's congressional race, my answer will be simple:
It doesn't really matter, because my health and well being doesn't really matter to either candidate.