I’ve been thinking about how my senators – Sen. Schumer and Gillibrand – refused to speak to their constituents over the 2009 summer break about health care. Which of course lead me to think about how Sen. Gillibrand wouldn’t even send me a email confirmation on my letter to her, Sen. Schumer sent me back a form letter response that had about as much information as a glass of kool-aide, and Rep. Hichney just didn’t care enough to do anything.
But the 2010 mid-term elections are coming up soon. And elected officials all over the nation have begun to ramp up their political ads swearing they are working hard and deserve our votes. It’s time for another ride on the polispeak spin cycle.
Which lead me to this. Any elected official who is seeking re-election should be able to answer a couple of simple questions to their voters. If they can give a real, direct, simple answer they deserve a vote (assuming you agree with the answer) and if they can’t they need to be ejected. Simple enough right?
I would love to see answers to these questions:
Ten simple questions. They each should have simple direct answers. And I’m willing to bet that 90% of the elected officials won’t answer all of the questions, nor will the answers be simple clear or direct. In fact I doubt most voters will get an answer to even 1 question.
These questions are based on one thing, is your elected official doing their job. If they are they should be able to answer every question without pause. You may not like the answer, but that does not mean they are not doing their job.
But if you have an elected official like mine – Sen. Schumer, Sen. Gillibrand, and Rep. Hichney – you can expect to be ignored. Which is fine as I will ignore their ballot when it comes time to vote.
I ask all my readers to provide these 10 questions to every elected official they have. Especially those that are up for re-election. Especially if they are running ads on television – and won’t appear in a town hall or other event to answer your questions.
I want to hear back from you all about which elected officials actually answer any of the questions. Not form letters that say nothing, but an actual answer.
I guarantee that if we band together and make them publicly accountable for failing to respond, they will answer our questions for fear of losing their elections. Which they should lose if they can’t do the first RESPONSIBILITY of their job – being accountable to their voters.
Trust that as 2010 mid-term elections move forward I will be on Sen. Schumer, Sen. Gillibrand, and Rep. Hichney about their refusal to acknowledge voters and concerns. I don’t work for them, they work for me. Time we remind ALL our elected officials of that fact.