I just cannot understand why some people feel the need to lie when running for office. My opponent, Jim Startzman, who ran against me two years ago, put up a post on his Representative Facebook Page which stated that I was a representative only 17% of the time. I find personal attacks and nasty ads to be a tool to deflect from the real issues. I think you should run on the work that you have done or propose to do. I do think you should defend yourself when someone is lying about your record.
I did go on my opponent’s page and left a comment and so did many others in defense of me. Thank you to all that did make a post on his page, I really appreciated seeing all of your comments. Mr. Startzman eventually started deleting certain comments and eventually deleted the entire post – so much for Freedom of Speech. I happened to make a copy the post earlier in the day. Mr. Startzman was using a Conservative Report Card who graded all Delaware legislators on how we voted on certain issues, that is where he got the 17%. I have been in office for four years and I have never missed a day. Mr. Startzman, if you are going to lie, people are going to call you out! See below to read his Facebook post and comments that where left.
Will we see that taxpayers money is being misspent once again when the Auditor’s Office releases their findings? House Bill 186 hopefully will pass the Senate in January. It is really interesting to see how none of the House Republicans supported House Bill 186 when it came before them in June. They are always talking about transparency and how the state needs to make cuts, but they were not willing to stop charter leaders from misspending their constituents’ tax dollars, these are cuts that can be made immediately. There were two D’s who did not support my bill, I am really not sure why they voted no. Sometimes I feel like certain votes are taken for personal reasons. Even if I have a different view point politically with a particular legislator, I would still vote yes for their bill as long as it was a good bill and right for my constituents.
As a legislator, I feel we have a responsibility to pass the best possible legislation for our constituents.