The first vote I cast as an 18 year old was for you for Portland City Council in 1986. I voted for you for Portland Mayor in 1992, which you lost to my extreme disappointment as I thought you were the better candidate, and I couldn’t have been happier that it was you who replaced Ron Wyden as my Congressman when he stepped into the Senate.
Mr. Blumenauer, after being a loyal supporter of yours for 30 years, today you lost my vote.
Your writing in this pieces smacked of the English parliamentarian Edmund Burke, who gave a speech in 1774 in which he said, “ Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”
It is important to remember that Burke lost his seat in 1780 because his constituents were fed up with his constantly voting against their interests.
In this piece you told me specifically that my Representative will not represent me. If you will not represent me, I will not vote for you, and my voice will be just as strong condemning you as it previously was praising you.
Richard ‘Walker’ Chase