Tuesday April 3, 2018
Failure of leadership sours constituent on congressman.
U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello is citing an angry political environment for dropping his re-election bid. I live in the 6th Congressional District and believe Costello created his own fall.
I was devastated by President Donald Trump's election. It prompted me to become more educated and involved in politics.
I am a centrist and so is Costello.
I called him out when he voted in favor of changes to the Affordable Care Act before the Congressional Budget Office score even came out. In the end he voted against the changes, and I was cheering for him. He was great on environmental issues.
Then Costello supported the tax scam, voting against the majority of citizens and in favor of the wealthiest Americans, big business and the ruse of trickle-down economics.
The votes on that and the recent budget were done without even sufficient time for reading the legislation. Whatever happened to Republicans being fiscally responsible?
After the massacre in Parkland, Fla., Costello said he needed a definition of assault weapons.
I asked someone who has fought in wars about assault weapons. I was told that people in the military are trained in them and have to pass routine tests on their use. They don't go to a store and walk out with an assault weapon.
Our nation cannot have military weapons in our streets or leave the next generation with a huge deficit.
So Costello was correct to stand aside. I am a Democrat and my husband a Republican. We are both angry.
Lower Heidelberg Township
Costello to blame for his downfall