There are a great number of members of the House of Representatives who are not distinguished and who have done little or nothing for anybody anytime while in public service. This is not a partisan characteristic, these hacks spew forth over the party lines and the ideological lines. One of them is Roscoe Bartlett, Republican from western
Mr. Bartlett has been in the House a long time, for almost 20 years. He is 85 years old. He is apparently running for re-election and even though his district has been gerrymandered by Democrats, he may win.
At one point last fall, he asked National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) to name the Republicans who could hold the seat if he retired. Sessions presented with him Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney and
's now-former chief of staff, Bud Otis. Bartlett
The story in the non-partisan site characterizes Mr. Bartlett as the typical Conservative
And he is old
|Mr. Bartlett - Enough Said|
Also on the list: the car radio and Model A Ford.
and while age itself should not a disqualification for high office, does anyone really want an 85 year old person passing on the nation’s legislation, regardless of party of philosophy?
But the real reason why Mr. Bartlett should not be returned to the House is not his age, it’s that apparently he has not accomplished a single notable thing during his sojourn in that body. There is absolutely nothing in the article that even suggests or hints at a legislative accomplishment.
But there is this
He ran into trouble in 1993 with an off-color statement about Asian-American students, and his interviews are some of the most unfiltered among any candidate for Congress.
Staffers assume he will be tracked by opposing campaigns and parties, but they express confidence that it will not be his downfall.
has buckled down, he seems willing to try any strategy, new or old, to win the campaign. Even so, he remains feisty and unfiltered, and Republicans are refraining from showing public concern. His campaign staff and Bartlett Washington supporters seem to have adopted a "Let Bartlett be " strategy. Bartlett
Or as he puts it, "I am who I am."
Really, that is about the best anyone can say about this gentleman, and that is hardly a reason he should be in the House of Representatives.