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  •  Me Too! (15+ / 0-)

    I am also a constituent of Matt Salmon. I called his office last week and I too was argued with by the staffer who answered the phone.

    I was not so patient and did not have such a detailed conversation. It came down to me confirming that he was there to provide constituent services. He asked didn't I even want to hear the congressman's reasoning? I said I'd read his view and disagreed with it and want that communicated to the congressman. Our call ended there.

    This is a tough district for a Democrat. I've lived here 16 years and many years we haven't even had a Democrat on the ballot at the congressional or state legislative levels. Only one 2 year state senate term have I been represented by a Democrat. All the rest of the terms/seats have been held by Republicans.

    The state and national parties have not provided support to the candidates that have run in these districts. I participate in the local Democratic LD club and the state party asked us not to do voter registration in our LD because we are more likely to register Republicans. I really don't see the partisan mix changing much here in the near term.

    A frustrated liberal/progressive living in a red district. I feel like a fish out of water.

    by gaardvark on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 05:25:37 PM PDT

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    •  Get out! Are you serious? HA! (18+ / 0-)

      I know it's tough for Democrats but when you look around most of what's here wasn't here 10 years ago.  The area filled in with people from elsewhere.  If they represent a more Democratic demographic they have no reason to be involved as long as the party writes it off.  This guy Salmon is representing an ideology when he should be representing his constituents.  

      As for listening to his reasoning, we never really got to that.  His reasoning only seemed to consist of Obama.  I was on the phone for a solid hour so this isn't even the whole conversation.  At one point when he answered my question by criticizing Obama I told him to stop changing the subject. I didn't call to get his opinion on Obama.  I wanted to know the rationale for his roll call votes.  If I had an issue with Obama I would have called the White House instead.  I truly don't know what Salmon stands for except the ideology I assume from his roll call votes.

      There is no existence without doubt.

      by Mark Lippman on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 05:40:22 PM PDT

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