A new notion of "constituent outreach"

Over the weekend, one of New Hampshire’s two new Congresscritters (not mine) got herself in a bit of hot water. It seems that Carol Shea-Porter, who rode the Moonbat anti-war movement into office, has been getting a lot of calls and letters from constituents who have loved ones serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of those constituents don’t agree with her positions and statements on the war.

Well, Ms. Shea-Porter has been taking those messages seriously — and answering them.

Her notion isn’t sitting well with some people. And that one quote from one voter — “And she told me, well, that’s too bad because she was elected by her constituents that were anti-war and that they were the ones that were voting her into office and she did not consider me a constituent … because I do support the war in Iraq and her door was closed to me as a constituent,” is troubling.

If Shea-Porter is telling voters that, then she is seriously out of line and needs to be smacked down — hard. In 2008, when she comes up for re-election, if not sooner.

But otherwise, I don’t really have a problem with what she’s doing. In fact, I think it’s a good thing.

Our representatives are just that — REPRESENTATIVES. They are there to represent us. And we, as their constituents, are ultimately responsible for their actions, because we put them there.

So one of them decides to personally explain their position on an issue to a voter who has contacted them. I think that’s great. In fact, I’d like to see more of it.

And if in the process, Representative Shea-Porter should alienate enough of her constituents to imperil her re-election, then so be it. (Personally, I hope she does, but that’s my own political biases speaking.) But I have to give her credit for actually answering her constituents personally, not getting away with a form letter — or just blowing them off entirely.

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