Closed doors

To the Editor:

My Senator, Joe Leibham, sends out frequent E-Updates (some get published in our local newspapers) to keep us informed and to seek input. In them he lists the many ways he stays in contact with his constituents. He contends that staying connected is the most important part of his job.

I commend him for the time he puts in to stay connected but I have deep concerns about his following up and representing ALL of his constituents in Madison.

National level polls report that constituents rank themselves near the bottom on a list of who influences Congress. Would such polls yield the same results for our own state Assembly and Senate? I think it would!

In the past four years we have seen unprecedented amounts of money spent on campaigns and lobbying. It seems that all legislating happens in the closed caucuses of each party. Much of the controversial legislation passed during the past four years was modeled after policies generated by the corporatefunded American Legislative Exchange Council. Through ALEC, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern our rights.

The 2014 election year is here. I urge all citizens to take a close look at whether our incumbents truly represent ALL of their constituents. Give fair consideration to new candidates to see if their experiences and record may make them a better representative who truly will represent ALL of their constituents!

John Binder
Plymouth, WI


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