I guess the title itself betrays my own biased assessment of the situation, but encounters with constituents are one reason I was happy to leave my life of politics.
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema Confronted At National Airport By Annoying “Constituent”
Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D – Arizona) has earned the ire of the left wing of her party over her reluctance to support President Joe Biden’s “human infrastructure” package. With MSNBC sending out the attack dogs, a “concerned constituent” with a well-rehearsed speech and a cameraman “confronted” Seatnor Sinema at Washington National Airport yesterday.
Sinema was walking with Senator Tim Scott (R – South Carolina) and a bodyguard when the woman came up to her.
— People’s Watch (@Peoples_Watch_) October 25, 2021
Woman: “I’m from Tucson, Arizona, and I’m wondering, I know you’ve met with dozens of lobbyists—”
Sinema: “Please don’t touch me.”
Woman: “I did not touch you.” [it’s true, she wasn’t]
Woman: “I know you’re meeting with dozens of lobbyists and talking with corporate donors about the package. How many times will you meet with constituents? How many times have you met with constituents in negotiating bills that are like this?”
Sinema [to Senator Scott]: “Sorry about this.”
Scott: “It’s okay. I think it’s part of the course, it’s par for the course.”
Woman: “Why won’t you meet with my family who are your constituents? I can have them meet you next week. Every single year in Arizona, it’s getting hotter and hotter. We’re breaking records … People are suffering. Your constituents are suffering. What are you going to do about climate change?”
[Sinema ducks up an elevator]
Woman: “Next week in Glasgow could be the last chance. Please answer me, senator. My family, my house. We’re from Tucson. We’re constituents.”
My beef is not with the line of questioning…climate change is an important topic of conversation. But the whole airport ambush thing rubs me the wrong way. Sinema will have to face voters in 2024 and if they don’t like the way she has represented them, they can toss her out of office. Obviously, Sinema is aware of the stakes of her vote and is carefully balancing her own self-interests with those of her constituents, including the lobbyists and big donors that are repugnantly responsible for electing people on both sides of the aisle in the USA.
Have people no respect any more? Can an elected official have no peace when walking in a public place? I’m not a fan of Sinema, for what it’s worth, but my goodness, I find the self-serving showboating from this “constituent” beyond the pale. Respect personal space, please. Even for morally compromised public servants.
When I see crocodile tear spectacles like what happened at DCA, I actually feel bad for Sinema. I’m not sure that was the intended reaction. I can certainly tell you want I’m not: I’m not outraged she refused to engage with a pesky person who stuck a camera in her face. That’s not holding her “accountable.” That’s called “showboating.”