Tuesday, May 11, 2004

According to an article by Joel Mowbray, Daniel Dow, a service member who had just returned from Kosovo, wrote a letter to his congressman expressing his displeasure over the congressman's "NO" vote on a resolution "supporting the troops in Iraq, but also condemning the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and calling for a full investigation." The congressman, Fortney "Pete" Stark was one of only 50 congressmen to vote against the resolution. Imagine Dow's surprise when he returned home later that same day to find message from Mr. Stark on his answering machine. Stark's message was less than polite and included the following comment:

“Probably somebody put you up to this, and I’m not sure who it was, but I doubt if you could spell half the words in the letter and somebody wrote it for you. So I don’t pay too much attention to it.”

You can read Dow's letter and hear Stark's message here. While it's commendable that Stark responded so quickly to a letter from a constituent, the response is utterly ridiculous. This guy's blatant arrogance is unbelieveable, even for a politician. I think the voters in the 13th district need to know what kind of man is representing them.

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