What a shame

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Opinion -

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

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