Many of us are familiar with the “Where’s Waldo?” picture puzzles popular a few years ago, where the goal is to find the image of the red-and-white striped Waldo among pictures of hundreds of other people. I’m reminded of this when I look at this election campaign season – hundreds of candidates out campaigning, attending candidate forums, shaking hands and meeting people, answering questions from the News Tribune and from voters – but there’s one I just can’t spot anywhere. Blaine Luetkemeyer, phantom candidate.
The incumbent congressman apparently feels he doesn’t need to get out and face the voters, explain his past votes, or lay out any policy positions. He must think he’s “entitled” to be sent back to Washington, DC to blindly follow the Trump agenda, without having to work for the job. He can save his huge campaign war chest to spread contributions to his colleagues to garner political favors.
His arrogance and condescension toward the citizens of the Third District are appalling. I want a representative who values accountability and hard work, and listens to constituents. Luetkemeyer is proving he’s not that person. Katy Geppert’s campaign, on the other hand, has shown that she is well-qualified and eager to represent this district’s many interests in Congress and will continue to listen to us.