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McKeon's lack of response

Posted: May 21, 2010 10:58 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Many of your readers may recall during the weekend of March 20 - while walking to Congress to vote, one member of Congress was called the "N-word," one had homophobic epitaphs yelled at him and one member was spat on.

Other members of Congress were shown on the television egging on the crowd prior to this occurring. I could point out which political party was doing the egging on, and what the political affiliation is of those who were on the receiving end of the crowd being egged on.

That is not the point. After I had read and seen these things occurring, I e-mailed our representative in Congress, Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, to ask if he approved of this sort of behavior from the crowd and requested that he condemn this uncivil and frankly disgusting behavior.

Our representative to Congress, who is representing the people of Santa Clarita, has never responded to this question.

Since then, I have called McKeon's office to find out if he supported or opposed the new Arizona immigration bill - SB1070 - that was signed into law on April 23.

I called the McKeon's office on May 3 to find out where he stood on the bill, for as we all know, this became a hot issue very fast. His staffer had no answer, and passed me along to another number where I left a message.

On May 10, I called again to see if McKeon had an answer to this question. The staffer on the phone stated McKeon had not provided her with any information on this ostensibly important issue and again passed me to another number at which I again left a message. I have still not received an answer.

It seems McKeon should have a position on concerns such as basic civility towards members of Congress, regardless of political affiliation.

One would think McKeon would have an opinion regarding the Arizona immigration bill which has become such a news issue. Given that McKeon apparently doesn't feel the need to respond to these issues and concerns, one can conclude McKeon, by his silence, approves of them.

It certainly does say something about his statesmanship and his regard toward answering questions from constituents.


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