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Monday, July 14, 2014

Candidate not showing up was a disservice

Letter to the Editor

I read with interest The Sunday Telegraph’s editorial in which the paper helped to shed light on a real issue in our state government – the disservice of doing nothing. While The Telegraph focused on a conservative group’s grading system on legislators’ voting records, I would like to point out another issue: When our legislators don’t vote at all.

I did my own research, knowing this is an election year, and noticed that one of our state representatives who just announced his intention to run to be my state senator, Rep. Michael McCarthy, missed a total of 87 votes that came before the Legislature. Even more disturbing, Mr. McCarthy’s voting record indicates that, when it came to serious votes with real implications for our state, he just “took a walk” instead of voting and doing his duty as an elected official. ...

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I read with interest The Sunday Telegraph’s editorial in which the paper helped to shed light on a real issue in our state government – the disservice of doing nothing. While The Telegraph focused on a conservative group’s grading system on legislators’ voting records, I would like to point out another issue: When our legislators don’t vote at all.

I did my own research, knowing this is an election year, and noticed that one of our state representatives who just announced his intention to run to be my state senator, Rep. Michael McCarthy, missed a total of 87 votes that came before the Legislature. Even more disturbing, Mr. McCarthy’s voting record indicates that, when it came to serious votes with real implications for our state, he just “took a walk” instead of voting and doing his duty as an elected official.

When faced with votes on issues like equal pay for equal work and expanding health care access to low-income citizens – serious votes regardless of party – Mr. McCarthy did not cast his opinion for his constituents to know where he stands. The question is simple: How can someone who clearly cannot handle the demands of being one of 400 state representatives serve as an accountable state senator?

Before you cast any vote this fall, make sure you vote for someone who, at a minimum, meets the requirement of showing up to vote.

Mary Morse

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