- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 30, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I found it most interesting to see that Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat, found his way onto the front page of The Washington Times, captured in a quiet, docile meeting with seniors (Page 1, Wednesday). This seemingly tranquil scene could not be further from reality. The congressman has refused to see hundreds of his constituents, failed to answer thousands of e-mail requests and failed to respond to numerous letters asking for everything from a private visit to a public one.

Mr. Connolly does not want to face his constituents. I personally have written him five times and been told once that it’s a shame I missed his “advertised” town halls. (They never have been publicly advertised, much less reported on.) I have called his office and asked to be added to his teleconferences, which he controls very tightly, but no luck. And yet there he was in your newspaper, getting credit for a super town-hall meeting.

Hundreds of Mr. Connolly’s constituents had a “tea party” in front of his Annandale office recently. Thousands of us are completely fed up with his antics and cowardice. But there is no press coverage there.

DAVID W. HIGGINS

Clifton

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