A member of congress with the right attitude about his job:
Perriello said there is a difference between being targeted and being vulnerable, and he said his support for health-care and energy reform are not as out of touch with his constituents as his opponents say. But even he seemed to acknowledge the challenge of winning next year as he described how he has sought to govern since taking office in January.
“My ultimate goal is not to get reelected,” he said. “It’s to know that I did the best damn job I could representing the people of the 5th District and making a difference. That’s just a different litmus test than some of the powers that be are used to working with.”
That’s right on. It does the world no good for members in marginal seats to put districts at risk over unimportant things, or lost causes, but casting tough votes on the big issues is what members of congress come to Washington to do. After all, it’s not as if the nation’s homeless shelters are filled with former members of congress. We’re heading into what’s likely to be a tough election cycle, and it’s important that people focus their resources on helping the really good members of congress. Keep articles like this in mind.