Has anyone noticed the new ad for Sen. Kristen Gillibrand that has been airing in New York State? I saw it for the first time yesterday, and I am trying to get a copy for my readers.
Essentially the political commercial shows a smiling Sen. Gillibrand in various poses and in the public while the voice over describes the ‘intense’ efforts she has made to secure health care for New York residents. Which sounds fantastic. Too bad that’s all it is, a bunch of air.
I take exception with Sen. Gillibrand and her ad. The effort is obvious that she is gearing up for the mid-term elections. She is spinning her polispeak, and trying to set aside any questions voters might have about her time in elected office. She is trying to look like she has done something for voters.
But Sen. Gillibrand is far more accurately visualized as a groundhog. By that I mean she is afraid to stick out her head and see what voters have to say. On Aug 14th it was reported by the New York Daily News that both Sen. Gillibrand and Sen. Schumer will not hold any town hall meetings about the current Health Care Reform Bill in Congress. Add to that the fact that Sen. Gillibrand has so far refused to respond, in any manner, the letter I sent her and Sen. Schumer and Rep. Hinchey. That letter was sent on the 11th, via email and in physical form.
So far, only Sen. Schumer has responded to the 22 questions I posed to the NY elected officials. And that response was a form letter that did not answer a single question I asked, nor provided a single detail or fact about the Health Care Reform that he is an advocate of. But at least he did have a response.
Sen. Gillibrand therefore is in the lowest level of elected officials in my mind. She is preparing to spin ads and polispeak her way through the 2010 mid-term elections. Yet she refuses to do the most essential thing a Senator should do, listen to her constituents. She won’t even provide us with a single reason to consider the Health Care Reform Bill. Which I find insulting.
Perhaps the New York Democrats believe they don’t need to answer to the voting public. Perhaps they believe they know what is best for all New Yorkers. Because that is what their actions seem to portray. But in 41 years of life I have yet to see a single politicians that is more concerned about the public than their own political careers. This is just the most obvious reflection of that attitude.
This is not about political parties. This is about an elected official doing their job. It is their obligation to make us informed of critical, and all, proposed laws they will vote on. It is their obligation to vote as is our consensus. Not to their party line or benefit.
Sen. Gillibrand will be filling the airwaves with comments of how she has done a great job, but I ask how good can she be if she has no idea what people feel? She wants to state she is representing the State with honor, yet how honorable is an elected official that can’t be bothered to respond to constituents? She wants to smile at us through a television screen, but does not have the conviction to face us in person. Imagine how strong her voice could be in trying to vote along our views? Imagine who she really cares about, the elected politicians and Party members she surrounds herself with or the public she is sworn to represent?
The question is not if I agree with everything she votes for or states. No elected official can be loved by all the public all the time. But that is a far cry for blatantly ignoring the public as they try to ensure that she hears our voices.
I spare Sen. Schumer only because he has at least made the appearance of listening. That only places him 1 notch above Sen. Gillibrand. It’s a minor notch and I will address it once I see his political ads throughout 2010. Rep. Hinchey is right at the same level as Gillibrand for me, he just hasn’t put any ads out yet.
Don’t forget this display of respect to the public in 2010. Never forget how well our Senators and Representatives have listened to our direct opinions. Never forget how well they consider the thoughts of regular people they represent. Because by November of 2010 they will be counting on you not remembering.