Wednesday July 26, 2017
Recently U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello retroactively expressed fear that organizers of a February town hall-style meeting were creating a potential trap so people would be able to shoot at him, stating that this was the reason he did not attend, the Daily Local News of West Chester reported.
Shootings of elected leaders, such as Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana in June and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona six years ago, are tragic and reprehensible.
It is understandable that Costello and other public figures could fear similar events. However, when actual fear keeps them from meeting with constituents, it is interfering with their jobs. If, instead, they use fear as an excuse to avoid face-to-face discussions with constituents, they are lying about the reason they are not doing their jobs. In either case, the result is the same.
If Costello's fear is genuine, I respectfully call for his resignation, as he is not adequately representing the 6th Congressional District. On the other hand, if the congressman is simply avoiding his constituents, let us remind him with our votes and our voices that we are his employers.
Fear is no excuse for shirking duty