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Not Heidi

(1,288 posts)
Fri Jun 24, 2022, 06:05 PM Jun 2022

Is your representative a Republican?

I live in CA-48. My rep in the House is Republican Michelle Steel, elected in 2020. I expect that she'll be reelected in November.

In Democrat Harley Rouda, we had only a one-term respite from Dana Rohrabacher.

I'll give Steel the benefit of the doubt, in that I suppose she's probably earnest and sincere. But I abhor her politics.

If your representative is a Republican, please tell us about your experience with that person voting in your name. If you've ever written to or called your Republican representative, what did you write or say?

I'm a former legal secretary, and even before I embarked on that career, I was an inflexible proofreader. On May 9, Steel put out a press release in which she slightly misquoted Dr. King. Maybe I was just looking for something to be pissed at; I'll admit that. Still, I pounced. I wrote to Rep. Steel:

Dear Representative Steel,

One of my primary skills as a legal secretary (retired) is proofreading. I found an error in today's press release about your joint amicus brief with Senator Cruz regarding the two Affirmative Action cases currently before the Supreme Court.

In this press release, you quote Dr. Martin Luther King thus: " . . . our country’s aspiration should be to judge people not on the color of their skin but the content of their character."

In "I Have A Dream," Dr. King used the word by. "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

A small thing, yes, and I realize you didn't use a direct quote. Still, I'm sure you want to publish strictly accurate press releases. Please see that your staff is made aware of this error.

Respectfully, your constituent,
Not Heidi


In hindsight, it seems I was just looking for something to bitch at her about, and I'm not happy with myself about that. I stand by what I wrote, though. I wonder if the lowly staffer who reads my email will even consider bumping it up the line. Probably not.

Read the press release here: https://bit.ly/3Oh2kj4


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Is your representative a Republican? (Original Post) Not Heidi Jun 2022 OP
Yes, mine is Young Kim, who is absolutely terrible. Initech Jun 2022 #1
PA 11, Smuck(er) Amishman Jun 2022 #2
Unfortunately... regnaD kciN Jun 2022 #3
Andy Fucking Biggs n/t KarenS Jun 2022 #4
Knock wood, I have never lived in a Congressional district where Just A Box Of Rain Jun 2022 #5
Hey, Box Not Heidi Jun 2022 #6
I know that I shouldn't... Just A Box Of Rain Jun 2022 #12
Oh, goodness. Not Heidi Jun 2022 #15
Hey, Box, a question Not Heidi Jun 2022 #21
"The Former Guy" Just A Box Of Rain Jun 2022 #22
My congresscritte is Glenn Grothmann Archae Jun 2022 #7
Piece of shit Ronny Jackson vercetti2021 Jun 2022 #8
Mine is the only one republican in Oregon Tree Lady Jun 2022 #9
excellent point Not Heidi Jun 2022 #16
mine won by 6 votes rurallib Jun 2022 #10
No, my rep and senators are Democrats. sakabatou Jun 2022 #11
My Rep n both senators n governor are republicans Deuxcents Jun 2022 #13
Bob Latta R OH-5 VGNonly Jun 2022 #14
Yes, fucking Joe "You Lie" Wilson. GoCubsGo Jun 2022 #17
There are zero Democrats on the ballot where I live Generic Brad Jun 2022 #18
Proud to be a constituent of Adam Smith, Dem WA... Wounded Bear Jun 2022 #19
My Rep. is Neal Dunn. He took over Ted Yoho-ho's Repug district. It's one of the largest in Fl. I allegorical oracle Jun 2022 #20
Had to pass, I'm in Canada ironflange Jun 2022 #23

regnaD kciN

(26,044 posts)
3. Unfortunately...
Fri Jun 24, 2022, 06:10 PM
Jun 2022

…while my Congressperson (WA-8) is a Democrat, she was the only Democrat ever elected from my district, and is highly vulnerable this November. I’ll do what I can to get her re-elected, but I’m far from optimistic about her chances.

 

Just A Box Of Rain

(5,104 posts)
5. Knock wood, I have never lived in a Congressional district where
Fri Jun 24, 2022, 06:14 PM
Jun 2022

my Representative was anything but a Democrat.

I've always contributed my vote since gaining the franchise to helping keep it that way.

Never missed an election yet.

 

Just A Box Of Rain

(5,104 posts)
12. I know that I shouldn't...
Fri Jun 24, 2022, 06:24 PM
Jun 2022

but part of me feels almost guilty about my privilege.

I know, for example, how bad my mother (now of memory) felt when--after nearly a lifetime of living in Democratic districts--moved to Laguna Woods, a Republican stronghold.

She was a passionate Democrat and when Katie Porter ran for that seat (and won) my mom was all-in working, and donating, and using her very considerable charm to help turn out the vote.

She was ecstatic. Her final vote was for Joe Biden in the CA primary. Her last-remaining life wish was to live to defeat TFG. She didn't make it.

I cast my vote in her honor.


Not Heidi

(1,288 posts)
21. Hey, Box, a question
Sat Jun 25, 2022, 01:09 PM
Jun 2022

You said your mom hoped to live to see TFG defeated. Who's TFG? It's probably obvious, but, well, I'm me. I apologize for my ignorance.

 

Just A Box Of Rain

(5,104 posts)
22. "The Former Guy"
Sat Jun 25, 2022, 01:14 PM
Jun 2022

It is a way to avoid saying Donald J. Trump [may his name be erased].

No need for an apology.

Tree Lady

(11,449 posts)
9. Mine is the only one republican in Oregon
Fri Jun 24, 2022, 06:18 PM
Jun 2022

He lives by the border of Idaho and because we are a large rural district I am almost 8 hours away! I can drive to my daughter's in the bay area faster.

He is new after other guy retired. Larger percent of red in this area but it also includes two cites Ashland and Bend that are blue. My city Medford is conservative about 60/40.

There is no writing to the crazy reps I have tried before basically they say I follow what the majority in the district wants.

Time is better spent trying to get people on our side that don't vote to vote.

GoCubsGo

(32,079 posts)
17. Yes, fucking Joe "You Lie" Wilson.
Fri Jun 24, 2022, 07:09 PM
Jun 2022

There's very little chance this shitbag will ever get replaced, unless he leaves on his own. Hard to believe that when I moved here, this district was represented by a Democrat. That was a LONG time ago.

Generic Brad

(14,274 posts)
18. There are zero Democrats on the ballot where I live
Fri Jun 24, 2022, 07:21 PM
Jun 2022

Zero.

And the two seats that are contested have sovereign citizens as the alternative.

allegorical oracle

(2,357 posts)
20. My Rep. is Neal Dunn. He took over Ted Yoho-ho's Repug district. It's one of the largest in Fl. I
Fri Jun 24, 2022, 07:27 PM
Jun 2022

get his newsletter every month. He doesn't give a flip about women. His career was as a Navy urologist. Consequently, he cares only about veterans' issues and their plumbing.

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