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A record to expose / October 10, 2012
Dear Viewpoint,

While Mr. Hurt, Fifth District congressman, rides up an down the Fifth District glad-handing the gullible and writing his weekly distortions for his column to The Sun, has anyone taken the time to examine his actual voting record for his two year in Congress? Discovering how a particular congressman votes on specific pieces of legislation is no easy task. The Richmond Times Dispatch does a weekly report of specific votes on legislation by Virginia congressman but their report is not cumulative. However, there is one source available for this important data —Public Citizen News 2011-12.

Its Congressional Scorecard reports biannually on the voting record of Congress on ten selected pieces of legislation. Public Citizen is a nonprofit organization that does not participate in partisan political activities or endorse candidates for elected office. Their sole purpose/aim is to inform citizen members about the performance of all representatives and senators between January 2011 and September 2012 on key public issues. The data on Mr. Hurt indicates that he will now have a difficult time in the future in his attempt to fool all the people all of the time.

Out of ten key pieces of legislations, he voted in lockstep with the other members of the extreme right wing eighty percent of the time. For example, a bill to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision via an amendment to the Constitution in the Citizen United ruling got a NO vote from Mr. Hurt. In addition, other sources indicate Hurt voted in favor of the infamous Paul Ryan budget bill which in its initial version would have done away with Medicare as we know it and replaced it with a voucher system. Also, he voted against the Ledbetter Bill that would have insured women would get equal pay for equal work. Again all this while he was going up and down the Fifth District assuring voters that he was their strong advocate.

In order for democratic government to function, citizens must have an awareness of what their own best interests are and send those who will help them achieve those interests to the halls of Congress. Those who play the old bait and switch game must be removed ASAP. Let’s give General John Douglass a shot — he can’t do any worse and he just might keep his constituents in mind while up there and put playing political games on the back burner for a change.

Bernard Champa

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