What a shame
Much as been made of the resignation of now former representative Katie Hill from Congress. I remember her for positive and negative reasons.
No one I have ever met in politics in my 60 years (I started at 10) could work a room filled people like Katie. She looked the people in the eye and shook hands with everyone. No shyness on her part. If you were a friendly face, you got a hug.
I remember a parade in Lancaster before the election in which a rival had a truckload of supporters with his name brazen on tee shirts. I walked carrying Katie’s banner with another supporter. That was all the supporters she had that day. But before the primary things changed and there were groups of volunteers pounding on your door and a bunch of mailers in your mailbox. What a turnaround.
After her election, I disagreed with her on the internet with certain issues. I even complained when I thought she did something unethical like use her office manager to campaign for her on a Saturday. I didn’t think it was proper, but it did not seem the election commission or House Ethics Committee cared about my complaint.
A lot of comment was made about her personal life. I reminded everyone on the internet what the carpenter said about the person without sin casting the first stone. Still rings true.
Once I was standing next to Katie at AV Hospital at a meeting. I introduced her to some of people there that I knew. Then, it dawned upon me: I could be standing next to the first woman president of the United States.
Shame things turned out the way that they have and what might have been is no more.
Michael Rives Lancaster