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ELECTION: Reichert no longer shows independence

Letter by Kenneth Bryant, Kent on Sep. 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm | 7 Comments »
September 4, 2012 12:45 pm

I voted for U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert in past elections. I thought he voted his conscience, often bucking his party when legislation was bad or flawed.
He has changed. Now he is just a non-thinking, uncompromising, robo-voting GOP gang member. He disregards the merits of any proposed legislation if it comes from the administration.

For example, he voted to gut the Clean Air Act. He must not remember the Tacoma of 25 years ago. He voted to cut food stamps but voted to keep his own benefits intact. He voted against the jobs bill to repair the country’s infrastructure. Surely there was some value in that legislation that could have been modified by compromise and made to work. Apparently not if it came from the Obama administration.

He wouldn’t even vote to stop the oil company subsidies although their profits are at an all-time high.

With Congress’ approval ratings hovering around 20 percent, why would I want to send him back? I’ll do what I can to help him retire.

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