The Beaufort Gazette - - Opinion -

Kudus are in or­der for U.S. Rep. Joe Cun­ning­ham. He has be­gun his con­gres­sional ca­reer by keep­ing his prom­ise of not vot­ing for Nancy Pelosi for the House Speaker po­si­tion.

Pelosi’s road to vic­tory re­sem­bled elec­tions that we see in ba­nana re­publics: one can­di­date, no op­po­si­tion. Pelosi won hands down with­out our con­gress­man’s vote. For­mer U.S. Sen. Ge­orge McGovern would have won the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in 1972 if he ran un­op­posed. Un­for­tu­nately for him, Richard Nixon won 49 out of 50 states in his win­ning bid.

Let’s see where Cun­ning­ham goes from here. When he votes on is­sues, will he have his Low­coun­try con­stituents’ needs and de­sires in mind? Hope­fully he will reach across the aisle and not vote in lock­step along party lines. We need a gov­ern­ing body of Democrats, Repub­li­cans and In­de­pen­dents that can work together in ad­dress­ing the prob­lems that plague our na­tion.

Let’s see if Joe is up for the job.

– Howard D. Sass­man


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