Rep. Patrick McHenry made his first “public” appearance in Asheville with a talk before the Council of Independent Business Owners [“The Beat,” Nov. 16 Xpress]. McHenry is following the sinister Republican game plan: stay away from announced, truly open-to-the-public events, where he would face the anger and criticism that he deserves. The GOP’s unapologetic, pro-wealth, pro-corporate dogma will not “play” before diverse audiences. So, they take the corporate money (often scammed from the public with the help of Congress) and limit their in-district exposure to scripted TV ads, usually negative, and to events such as the recent one in Asheville.
Ain’t representative government great? By the way, if the GOP earns an “F” in this regard, then the Dems get a “D.”
— Bill Bates