Garrett’s deceit eroding confidence

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Garrett’s deceit eroding confidence


Garrett's deceit eroding confidenceA few weeks ago, I called the office of Congressman Tom Garrett, R-5th, to express my dismay over (then-proposed; now-passed) S.J. Res. 34, which allows mega-corporations to buy and sell the Internet history of private citizens. My strong opposition to this violation of privacy was recorded, and I was assured that it would be passed along.

However, a little over a week ago, I received an email from the congressman thanking me for “encouraging my representative to vote in favor of S.J. Res. 34.” This is literally the exact opposite of the position that I had stated.

More distressing still was that an identical error was made for another constituent I knew. When I called Garrett’s offices in Washington and Charlottesville, two separate staffers confirmed that I was not the first person to raise this issue. Yet, no one I spoke with was willing to offer any transparency on what occurred, nor what they are doing to fix the problem.

Many letters to the editor have already been written about the fact that Garrett has made a habit of hiding from his constituents, including a canceled town hall in Charlottesville that was replaced with a private, ticketed event.

Since Mr. Garrett is unwilling to make himself available, I go out of my way to call his office to share my opinions and concerns. Imagine my dismay to see concrete evidence that my views have been wildly misrepresented to the congressman. Who knows how often this has happened? My trust in the office of Congressman Garrett has eroded further, and my views have been misrepresented to a man whose salary comes out of my tax dollars, and whose title would indicate that he is meant to represent the needs and concerns of his constituents.

I await a formal, public explanation from Mr. Garrett. Better yet, I would encourage Mr. Garrett to do his job, even the hard parts, and meet with his Charlottesville constituents in their hometown, in an honest-to-goodness, free-and-open, public town hall.