I hope Mia Love watched the race tonight in Ohio’s 12th congressional district. This conglomerate of 7 counties went for President Trump by 11 points and has been in Republican control for almost 40 years but after absentee ballots are counted this could change -the GOP candidate holds a .9% lead with 100% reporting from all precincts. If Love followed tonight’s race she should be worried -she’s in a toss up district after all.
It’s truly impressive how comfortable Love has become with the idea that her district is going to remain ruby red even when the latest Real Clear Politics poll shows her ahead by only 5 points. No clearer example exists of her blind confidence than in the negligence she has treated her own constituency with -I should know, I live in her district.
August 17th will mark 1,000 days without an open and accessible townhall for the constituents of Love’s district and people are counting down the days until November to send a message to her that they’ve taken notice. As one of the citizens she was elected to represent I find it a complete mockery that she would run events labeled as “open office hours” where you sign in, wait in a lobby and get a couple of minutes with her -all behind closed doors, with no recordings allowed, or media present, on a Wednesday at 10 am.
The only thing more asinine than stymieing access to elected representatives would be sending out government funded mailers indicating that a newspaper supports one’s positions when in fact they don’t –oh wait, Love did that. Mia Love and her staff have done an excellent job of bobbing and weaving all in an effort to dodge people with legitimate concerns and criticisms, but employing deceptive tactics to provide cover is a new one.
Both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News have recently grumbled that Love and her staff misrepresented the facts (lied) and didn’t disclose the full details of different opinion pieces -one actually written by Love herself- where attributions made it seem that both newspapers supported her policy stances -which they don’t.
It’s remarkable that Love and her staff see nothing wrong with assigning institutions ownership, instead of the authors of opinion pieces written by people who don’t belong to the editorial boards of either newspaper. I guess it would look funny to send out a mailer from Mia Love where she quotes herself, I mean only a moron would do that. But you know, it’s not very funny to have an elected official constantly avoid you, and then slouch on the truth, that’s just sleazy and it doesn’t represent Utah values.
Come this November I’ll be voting for the person who doesn’t need to spend a fortune to win over voters, the person who represents Utah values, the person who holds townhalls even when they’re not yet elected and doesn’t run away from the issues, but runs towards the people to hear them out and take action.
I’m going to help Ben McAdams win by voting for him because I deserve transparent representation and honesty, and so do you.