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Grayson makes a difference

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Letter to the editor by Bill Ford

By Bill Ford

Freshmen Congresmen can’t make a difference, except …

I worked for the 92nd Congress as Communications Director for Congressman Delbert Latta, (R) Ohio. When I went to him he had already served 22 years in the House and was one of the most respected men in the House. He made a difference. He was on the House Judiciary Committee when Nixon was in office. Strangely, it was felt Nixon had his re-election locked up.

But on to my lead-in. Those who want to be elected and would be freshmen Congressmen, have about as much influence as I have sitting here at home. With over 400 men and women in the house they would be fly specs, with one exception, Alan Grayson.

Being a retired person and with my background, I follow elections very closely, the people not the party. Not being a Republican or Democrat, but someone who votes with intelligence, meaning I vote for the best person for the job, I don't vote a party line. To my knowledge over the last 40 years there has been no one but Alan Grayson who has made a difference in his freshman year as a Congressman. No matter how you feel, we can't give up on him. I believe he truly has our best interests at heart and he stands up for us. He listens! That's important.

Now, I have no ax to grind for Alan Grayson. All I have is respect for him as a person and someone who truly supports our interests in the congress. I don't like some of his commercials and don't know what ad agencies some of these people hire to help their image. Probably none.

Oh yes, I'm really getting tired of those campaign commercials that end with "I approved this message." George W. was the originator of that term and it seems as though every candidate is using it. What do they think, "we're stupid" to not know they approved the message, that they have to tell us so. Sorry, I got off on a tangent. But, Alan Grayson is not off on a tangent, he's right on target or us. Don't forget it!

Bill Ford

Ocala