Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Gmail - Supreme Court Decision FINAL! - firstname.lastname@example.org: "I let the public know about what Gingrich was up to then. I’ve taken a lot of heat for speaking out. With right-wing Republicans devoting so much effort to punishing me, I must be doing something right! Thank you so much for your past support. I have raised a significant amount of money to pay for legal expenses. However, the amount that has been set aside will not cover all costs and fees. I now need your help to finally put this case to rest. www.McDermottLegalTrust.com. A final hearing to set the costs for this case is scheduled. John Boehner has paid out over a million dollars to his attorneys so far - the final settlement for this case will be a large one. I need your help. My hope is that large numbers of people will respond to this urgent request for assistance so that all legal costs can be met immediately! Jim McDermott Portrait Your support is urgently needed and will be appreciated. Jim McDermott Signature Jim McDermott P.S. Please send your contribution today! The Boehner legal team does not rest."
I will not be donating to this cause unless it is also part of an agreement by McD to retire. It is not that I disrespect his use of a safe seat as a platform to speak out on liberal and anti-war issues. Actually, even when I disagree with McD, I am happy that we have some congresspeople who actually use their positions to promote ideas.
That said, a Congressman should also work for his District. McD is largely in visible here in Seattle, While I KNOW where he stands on most issues belonging to the liberal canon, I have NEVER heard or read anything by this guy on local issues that are affected b y national policies.
McD is invisible on high tech immigration, public transportation, biomed. research, and higher education. If he has any stand on local moral issues .. from sorts subsidies for the Sonics to the need for public transport, those stands are very quiet. Yet each of these are key issues for his community.
Being a Congressman should be more than using the position OT speak one's mind on highly visible matters. Being a Congressman from a safe district should mean using that gift as a platform to to help your constituents and .. even more important .. provide leadership. If Jim can't take the time to consider what we his people want, then perhaps he should show imginative leadership in toigh areas needing innovatuin ... something more than mealy mouthing the Israeli/Palestinian issue would be welcome. An energy proposal that is not pork for corn farmers woulod be nivce. A real national security plan ,...
Jimk should pick a successor.
See post by Joel Connelly.
Posted by SM Schwartz at 12:00 PM