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Letter to the Editor: Poor job, Walden

To the editor:

I am angry.

Representative Greg Walden is doing a remarkably poor job representing his constituency. He seems to be completely beholden to the Tea Party factions in more conservative parts of our district. But for those of us living in “swing towns” like The Dalles and Hood River? Do we not matter anymore?

Walden’s idea of helping the working/middle class is to eliminate regulations so we can have dirtier and more dangerous jobs. What better way to show your support for hard-working families and the environment!

Walden also not only has supported the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis, he even tried to ban the President and Treasury from using platinum coins to bypass this. But apparently, that’s not enough for some members of the District, who are talking of a primary challenge against him in order to get someone who’s even further to the right; i.e., somebody who wants to abolish food stamps and the minimum wage, and outlaw labor unions completely.

This is actually a golden opportunity. The more radical the GOP nominee is, the greater the chance that some Democrat might be able to swoop in and win the general election. This is especially true after taking Mr. Walden’s “incumbency factor” out.

What kind of Democrat might stand a chance? I’d say anyone who is mostly pro-guns, toward the middle on social issues, but somewhat left on issues of sustainable growth, inequality and economic fairness for the “99 percent.”

This is a battle cry for some qualified citizen of Oregon’s second Congressional District to take up the cause and run for office in 2014.

For now more than ever, a working-class hero is the best thing to be.

Eric Gross

The Dalles

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