Constituents of CD5 haven’t seen much of Congressman Schweikert lately. And don’t expect his infamous listening (or should we say powerpoint?) sessions in our community this summer. His aide told me that Schweikert will be out of town until August 28th. In lieu of listening to your concerns, his staff will conduct “mobile-office hours.”
Could it be that Schweikert is hiding from voters? At his last appearance in Tempe, a well-informed audience challenged his fuzzy math (which led invariably to the conclusion that Medicare had to go) and rebuffed his supply-side economics.
We instructed him, as our representative, to return to the drawing board and discover innovative ways of generating revenue, including taxing millionaires. His constituents challenged him on his votes to end Medicare and defund Planned Parenthood’s health-care services, as well as his support for oil subsidies. And had we known at the time of his lobbying efforts against the solar industry, we would have challenged that job-killing position as well.
Tempe comprises one-third of his constituency, yet his 11 mobile-office hours include only one Tempe location (and it’s north of the 202). I am nostalgic for the days when Harry Mitchell was our congressman. Every weekend and all but two weeks of the summer and winter were filled with public events, meetings with veterans, town halls on sustainability, and constituent services.
Harry famously described his job title, “representative,” as doubling as his job description. I wish Schweikert felt the same way and would listen to his constituents, be they Democrats, Republicans, or Independents.