I was disappointed to read Timothy Schwantz’s letter criticizing Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers because of his apparent failure to understand that we elected her to represent us in Washington D.C when Congress is in session and also because he failed to articulate why she was not in attendance at the Stevens County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers accepted the invitation to be the key note speaker at the GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, four weeks in advance of the event. However, when it became obvious the mark-up and a vote would take place on the National Defense Authorization Act, the day before the Dinner, our Congresswoman made the correct decision to show up at work in Washington D.C. Her leadership during this time made sure that the 2012 version of the House bill included provisions insuring our Constitutional protections of Habeas Corpus and to address more specific definitions of terrorism. The latter was to draw a clear differentiation between those expressing dissenting opinions from those who want to violently undermine our freedoms through acts of terror.
Although Cathy could not make our Lincoln Day Dinner in person, she established a video conference link where we were able to see and hear her key note address.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers made the correct decision and that was to meet her obligations to the citizens in all of the Counties in the 5th Congressional District. We are fortunate to have a Congresswoman who shows up to work. Many citizens in this country are not so fortunate.
Stevens County Republican Central Committee State Committeeman