Mike McIntyre loves being in office, but doesn’t particularly like answering questions about being in office. No doubt there are big issues looming and when asked repeatedly to do radio interviews, his office simply refuses or ignores the request. When asked by PortCityDaily.com to comment on the looming financial issues of the nation, Mike offered platitudes and has yet to suggest a single idea. Here’s what he told reporter Ben Brown when asked:
. . . he joined a number of colleagues recently in signing a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and other leaders in the chamber “to urge them (to) include a long-term, comprehensive deficit reduction plan that also protects Medicare and social security, and to emphasize that savings from various areas of the national budget and real reform of our tax system will be necessary to stabilize our debt and assure America’s fiscal and economic well-being.
“Ensuring that each and every federal dollar is invested wisely should be at the core of these discussions,” McIntyre said.
In other words, he said nothing, continues to say nothing and is offering no leadership on the issue. Additional media haven’t even asked him sadly.
When the StarNews asked McIntyre to comment on the horrendous shooting in Newtown, McIntyre’s continued dodging has become embarrassing:
(The Starnews) emailed U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre’s chief of staff Dean Mitchell Monday morning to try to get the congressman on the phone for thoughts about the shootings in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, as well as his opinions on whether debates about gun control and violence in U.S. culture should happen as a result.
Mitchell’s response: “Pat, he has some commitments today so he is not available.”
He subsequently added in a second email: “When I have the opportunity to talk to him, I will make sure he gets your message.”
Is this really the way a congressman should act in times of crisis? Is it acceptable to just not be heard from or ignore citizen concerns? Or is this simply a bit of cowardice?
It only took Mike McIntyre almost four days to finally issue a statement, still no interview though:
. . . the country needs to have a “national dialogue to discuss the culture of violence that has become so prevalent in our society and whether we are doing all we can to protect our citizens while also protecting our 2nd Amendment rights.”“However, now is the time for reflection, remembrance and recognition of the lives that were lost and the Newtown community that is grieving,” McIntyre said in the statement. “Let us join together in prayer for that this holiday season.”
Humility, compassion, always. . . but substance continually lacking from the Congressman. Where’s the leadership? If he wants to be a pastor, then he should be one. He’s on all sides of an issue without ever saying anything of substance. What does he stand for???????
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