Does John Kline engage people who disagree with him?

How well do you think Congressman Kline knows what people of his district want? He sure seems to know a lot of people in his district that agree with him. The problem I fear is that I get the impression that he only listen to what he wants to listen to.

It seems his staff filters out things he doesn’t like. At his last Town Hall in Faribault, he wouldn’t take a question from one of his constituents who happened to also be a member of the media. Kline’s representative Troy Young stated the media was not allowed to ask questions.

Obviously, the Congressman couldn’t take all the questions at that meeting, but the comment on the video by Mr. Young about the media member asking a partisan question leads me to believe they are insulating the Congressman too much. I get the feeling he and his staff think they know all they need to know about what people in the Second Congressional District want.

Since Congressman Kline and his staff are as knowledgeable about what people in his district want, I’m wondering how often he checks that and interacts with people who disagree with him? I get the impression he wouldn’t even take the time to talk to me, Dave or Holly. And if there was a conversation, my assumption is that it would probably be with Mike Osskopp or another staff member doing the talking for him.

Despite the importance of the current healthcare debate, there are many constituents who won’t call him because his staff has been rude in the past, or they feel his staff dismisses their comments. That is a problem. That feeling by a large group of his constituents that they are not being represented or cared about, should be a far greater concern to Congressman Kline than the Democratic Party’s ideas or President Obama’s healthcare plan. The problem he should worry about is unwillingness by him and his staff to work for everybody in his district, and everybody in America to continually make The United States of America the best country in the world. Ignoring that large group of people because of their political opinion makes the most recent bipartisan urging by the Congressman seem quite hypocritical.

It is time for Congressman Kline to be the leader he pretends to be when he is back in Lakeville. It is time for him to step up, or step aside so that somebody willing to take on tough issues can. Earmark reform and health care reform are ideas that can’t just be ignored in protest. People desperate for help can’t wait to start over. Somebody needs to step to the front to be the leader CD2, Minnesota and the nation needs.

The DFL has two great candidates in Shelley Madore and Dan Powers willing to take over for him.

Congressman Kline, represent all of us, or step aside.

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One thought on “Does John Kline engage people who disagree with him?”

  1. Great observation.

    I would suggest a 44 cent donation for the 2010 campaign.
    That’s the cost of a stamp.
    Kline claims that the voters don’t want healthcare reform … I find that hard to believe.

    Ask yourself these two questions :
    If got a raise this year, was enough to cover the increase in your portion of the employee health insurance ?
    Do you think Mr. Kline understands that healthcare costs are killing employers and employees ?

    Personally, I can tell you that my healthcare premiums are up 9% and my income is flat.

    I’m in the First District, so Kline would not respond to me, but he (or his staff) should respond to your letter. When Gil Gutknecht represented the First District, we exchanged letters often … did it change his votes – NO – but at least he could not make claims that people were happy with his issue positions.

    One thing that should be included in the letter would be a request for a face-to-face meeting with Kline. After all, Kline should heed the instructions of Minnesota GOP Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb, who said “ If you don’t want to meet with people, then don’t run for Congress.

    And after you write your letter, ask your neighbors, friends and co-workers to write one too. Best would be to invest $1.22 in the campaign and send a copy of the letter to Shelley Madore and Dan Powers … when Madore/Powers stand up at a debate with Kline and show him those letters, he cannot say that no one wants healthcare reform.

    Of course, if you don’t want to spend the stamp, Kline’s House website accepts email (but then Madore and Powers won’t get a copy.)

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