We’ve started a time clock to keep track of the last time U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski held a town hall meeting. Not the kind where he hides behind a telephone, but the kind where he meets his constituents face to face. He seems to have forgotten that that’s part of his job.
Kanjorski refused to hold any last year when taxpayers were having panic attacks about the looming overhaul of our health care system. He hit the phones instead. - his safety net. The man is a coward.
He wants you to keep him in the United States Congress but won’t meet with you when you pay his salary and his benefits and his summer-long vacation. Paul Kanjorski believes that he is too big to fail like some of the financial institutions he’s so gung-ho on regulating.
It’s time to seriously consider replacing him.
We have no way of knowing what kind of a Congressman Lou Barletta, the Republican mayor of Hazleton, would make. If nothing else, he’s persistent, challenging Kanjorski for the third time. And at least, so far anyway, he’s been accessible to the public. He doesn’t hide behind a paid consultant and his scripted remarks.
At the very least, constituents deserve some face time with their representative in Washington. Actually, it’s not surprising that Kanjorski hides. He has a lot of explaining to do.
Maybe others have forgotten, but we haven’t, that he earmarked $10 million for his family’s business, which then went bankrupt. That was not his money he gambled away. It was OURS. He has also flippantly referred to taxpayers’ hard-earned money as “free money.” He’s not alone here. These hogs in Congress spend our money like it grows on trees while hard-working Americans won’t take a summer vacation if they cannot afford it.
It’s time to clean up Washington and get rid of all those representatives who stopped representing us a long time ago, the Kanjorskis, the Harry Reids, the Nancy Pelosis, the Barney Franks, the Christopher Dodds. They have lost touch with average Americans who work hard and sacrifice to provide for their families.
We should not tolerate a representative who refuses to meet with us in person when we have very legitimate concerns about what’s going on in Washington. Congressman Kanjorski might want to reconsider his vow to not hold any public town hall meetings this summer.
We do not want to talk to you on the phone. We want to meet with you. If you deserve to be re-elected, you should have no problem justifying your record. But if you are worried you can’t, then maybe it’s time for you to leave Washington and enjoy all the “free money” in your bloated pension fund.