Hanson Mistaken; Boucher An AdvocateA letter from a sympathetic constituent? Yes.
By Kay Saul, Abingdon
John Hanson of Bristol obviously doesn’t know much about Rick Boucher if he thinks that our congressman is not a good representative for our region.
Rick works tirelessly to grow the economy of our region and he is particularly active in promoting the growth of tourist visitation to Southwest Virginia. I have often heard Rick talk about how our beautiful mountains, rivers and rich culture attract visitors to our region and how we can take steps to accelerate that growth.
Rick is reflecting the views of Southwest Virginians who want more jobs and more varied employment opportunities. That is by far the leading concern in our region, and Rick’s work is making a big difference.
A recent economic impact study showed ... [blah blah blah][link]
Is there more to the story? I think so.
This comes from another Bristol Herald Courier article from a week ago:, a piece dealing with area residents who were making plans on going to the Obama inaugural, including one Kay Saul:
Does this make her opinions less valid? No. Worth publishing? Absolutely.
Abingdon resident Kay Saul is staying with Susie Burgess – a woman she has never met, a friend of a co-worker who lives in a Maryland suburb north of Baltimore.
Saul, a longtime Democratic activist and state party delegate, has been a secretary at the Washington County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for 24 years. A colleague put her in touch with Burgess, and Saturday, she planned to take off for her third inaugural experience.
Saul first encountered Obama two years ago at a Richmond fundraiser when he was still an obscure, if appealing, face in the U.S. Senate. She recalls being struck by his “charisma and intellect,” and when he stumped at Virginia High School in June, Saul recalls commenting to Boucher, “Rick, he’s going to be president.”
“I’m excited about the history of it,” she said in a recent interview, and the Obama paraphernalia she laid out on a table seemed to bolster her point: Obama buttons; a baseball cap with his campaign insignia; a watch with the president-elect’s likeness on the face; and an Obama doll that credibly reproduces the real Obama’s voice with his catchphrase, “Yes we can!”
Saul has planned for the occasion. She has picked out her inaugural outfit: wool coat, two to three pairs of socks, earmuffs and a scarf.
She has mapped out an itinerary: tour Baltimore on Saturday; take in entertainment on the National Mall on Sunday; attend Boucher’s constituent reception Monday; and make it to the swearing-in Tuesday. Then she’ll turn around and make a mad dash for Abingdon to be at work Wednesday. [my emphasis]
Do this political insider's ties to our congressman (" “Rick, he’s going to be ...”) distract? Give her letter about "Rick's" virtues a different spin?
I think so.
The Herald Courier didn't deem this important. I do. A good reason to read this weblog after finishing the local "news" papers.