Friday December 7, 2018
Departing lawmaker will not be missed.
In “Costello pulls no punches on way out” (Reading Eagle, Dec. 3), U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello showed his true, bitter partisan colors. Some “moderate.” He was installed in a ridiculously gerrymandered district by the Republican Party as part of a scheme that gave the GOP 13 of the 18 House seats in the state, though Democrats have far more registered voters.
The new, much more logical and competitive districts created by the State Supreme Court have resulted in a much fairer outcome. The state now has nine representatives from each party. We also have the first female members of what had been a pale, male and stale House delegation, including the inspiring Chrissy Houlahan as Reading's new face in Washington.
Houlahan is already nationally known as a key leader of the new class of House Democrats. She should be applauded, not attacked, for trying to win a role in the House leadership. This can only result in more clout and more money for our area.
After two terms in the House, it is rather sad that Costello's greatest achievement was a small technical change in a bill on short-haul railroads. Reading and Berks County deserve better than him and his sour grapes.
Congressman shows his true, bitter colors