We attended the congressional debate last Monday between Christie Vilsack and Steve King in Hampton. We found insight into each of their personalities and character by the contrast in their demeanor.
Vilsack gave serious thoughtful answers and treated her opponent with respect even as she asked him to explain his controversial positions, whereas King treated her with a condescending and patronizing attitude. He would roll his eyes with a “There you go again, Lucy” look, when in fact Vilsack asked perfectly legitimate questions such as why King wouldn’t help bring the long-delayed and critical Farm Bill up for a vote in the House.
King made a point of refusing to dignify any of Vilsack’s questions with a response and the audience was the loser because there was no dialogue.
Watching King in action, it was easy to see why this is the most divisive and dysfunctional Congress since the Civil War and the worst Do Nothing Congress since the Truman administration. It is in part, because King is a hyper-partisan ideological ranter who enjoys mugging to his base.
King knew what stunts would set off the cheers and jeers and at one point he actually pulled an acorn out of his pocket with a smirk. He is a divider; not a uniter. A representative who enjoys throwing rhetorical bombs is not who we need to represent us. We need someone who will work for us on this district’s needs.
If voters want to change the toxic political atmosphere in Washington, they can start by exchanging the dividers for the problem solvers. Early voting starts Sept. 27 at the courthouse auditor’s office.
— Jane Close is from New Hartford. Also signed by Meta Brost, Clarksville; Jeanne Loomer, Greene; Faye Mansheim, Parkersburg; and Bonita Turner, Aplington.