First there was the incident at her Virginia Beach office. I don’t have a clue as to whether the decision to pretend that the office was closed was hers or that of her staff but in the end, it doesn’t matter. The responsibility for that action, and subsequent arrest of one of the people who was there to present a petition, ultimately rests with her. It is not as if MoveOn.org has not targeted her in the past. It seems to me that this was a gross over-reaction to a gathering of some 10 people – her constituents, the taxpayers who pay for that office. For someone who is known for constituent services, this is way out of line.
Speaking of constituent services, I received a mailing from Rep. Drake last week. Entitled “2007 Constituent Survey,” I have to wonder how many of those in the 2nd Congressional District received it. The reason for my question is that whenever there is a mailing to the entire 2nd, we get two copies at my house. This time, like some of her earlier mailings, only one copy – addressed to me – showed up. Yes, I know that there is a panel that approves all the mail. But after last summer’s incident, I’m a bit surprised to see what appears to be a targeting mailing using the federal franking privileges.
Finally, the Virginian-Pilot had an editorial on Rep. Drake yesterday. With all that has come out about Iraq, I’m having a hard time with her stance on this.
For those who favor the president’s strategy in Iraq, U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake is as strong a supporter as you are likely to find on Capitol Hill.
“We can’t afford to not come home in victory,” she said of the administration’s adventure in Iraq.
Perhaps we need a new definition of victory, because what’s going on over there right now ain’t it. Folks with more knowledge about this situation that I have come to similar conclusions. Support the troops – absolutely. Support the war – no way.
Rep. Drake has indicated her willingness to participate in a live blog here again. Perhaps with some of these issues, it will be sooner rather than later.
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