Thursday, August 25, 2005


Sue blows off Rockland...

While we at Take19 realize that Rockland County is the smallest part of the 19th Congressional District, it's still not enough of a reason to warrant blowing off the local paper there, particularly when that same paper also covers northern Westchester, which makes up a much larger chunk of the 19th.

But that's exactly what Sue did. In this article that ran in the Rockland edition of The Journal News, the area's two other members of Congress -- Eliot Engel and Nita Lowey -- found the time to talk to the reporter. But Sue only managed to provide a canned comment through a spokesperson. Ironically enough, the article was about how many more constituents have been contacting MCs over the past few years, largely via email. Lowey, for example, noted that she has received nearly 30,000 letters so far this year, compared with just 6,000 for all of 2000. Engel averages around 500 emails a week from constituents. As for Sue, well, it's anyone's guess. Of course, judging by some of the lame responses members of Take19 have received to some of their emails to Sue -- we're in the process of compiling a file of them and plan to post them on our site -- she doesn't seem to take constituent correspondence all that seriously to begin with.

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