Letter to the Editor: 6th Congressional District
October 17, 2012
To the Editor (Chicago Tribune):
Republican representative Peter Roskam of the 6th Congressional district, when taking his oath of office, swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Despite that vow, he has, like other members of his party, pledged his genuine fealty to the conservative extremist Grover Norquist, who is neither elected nor ever mentioned in the Constitution.
I’m not personally enthusiastic about paying more taxes, but the notion that any representative of the people could even consider assigning his vote to anyone, much less a bullyboy fringe character who makes his living off of peddling fear, is unconscionable.
Democratic nominee Leslie Coolidge will bring representational honesty to her office. She has not sold her vote to a special interest. Her concern is in being a responsive, responsible and constitutionally sound member of the House.
When you check out Coolidge’s bona fides, you find a person who has spent an exemplary life in the private sector, who is now passionate about using her skills and experience in the public good.
People always complain that there are no honest public officials, then they continue to re-elect the ethically marginal characters with whom they feel comfortable, including those like Roskam, who has leased out his oath of office.
This November it’s time to move out of the easy comfort zone and elect a fresh, new constitutionally honest representative who is the real deal — Leslie Coolidge.
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