Thursday, January 18, 2007

Dale Kildee on Troop Escalation?

Think Progress is keeping track of where every member of Congress stands on troop escalation. So, where does Dale Kildee (MI-D) stand? That's "unknown" at this point.

I called Kildee's office to ask his position, but the man who answered the phone said I would have to speak to Kildee's chief-of-staff. Unfortunately, the chief was in a meeting, so I would have to leave a message on his voice mail. I asked if he would get back to me today, but was told he had meetings scheduled the rest of the afternoon.

I then asked if he could just tell me what Rep. Kildee's position was on increasing the troops. I explained that I tried searching his website and the media without success and simply wanted to know where he stood. The nice man again said he couldn't help me, but I was welcome to call back later on. (If they have meetings scheduled all day, what was the point of calling back?)

Anyway, not to be deterred, I decided to write the Congressman and ask him to clarify his position (and I also let him know I oppose an escalation). If I get a response, I'll let you know.

I wish our elected officials would post this kind of information online. Why should the taxpayer have to call, write or Google? Kildee has a website, but it's extremely out-of-date. It's actually scrolling press releases from last October. Come on, Congressman, get with the times and update your website, okay? Inquiring constituents want to know your position on these issues.


Lew Scannon said...

Kudos for trying. Myu congressperson is a Republican, so I know where he stands, and I would write and tell him how I think he should vote, but I think he'd just direct me to some propaganda piece that tells me I'm wrong, just like he did when I told him to vote against the Iraq invasion resolution.

Kvatch said...

Come on, Congressman, get with the times and update your website, okay?

Maybe he should start a blog? ;-)

Kathy said...

Lew, who is your congressperson? Kvatch brings up a good point - blogging. I think every politician should have a blog that is kept current and up-to-date. We pay their wages so we have a right to know if they represent their constituents beliefs beforehand, not days or hours before a vote takes place.