The following is an op-ed written by Duane Dubey, who comments here as Duane 12. This was originally published in the La Crosse Tribune.
Recently my congressional district was changed from the 3rd District with Ron Kind as my representative to the 7th District with Sean Duffy.
As a voting citizen of the 3rd District for almost 20 years, I was denied a voice or a vote in the matter. I was a political victim of an unethical and patently unfair gerrymandering by the state Republican-controlled Legislature to ensure and maximize the continuation of Republican policies and politicians.
Reviewing Duffy’s voting record and his supporters, I was dismayed, concluding he was one more politician beholden more to special interests than the people.
His “A” rating by the NRA revealed to me he was, in effect, a political agent of the gun manufacturers and their greed. I recently called Congressman Duffy’s office to express my outrage and opinion that those who have opposed reasonable gun control such as requiring background checks at gun shows and clip limitations should be held accountable.
I was further dismayed, but not surprised, to see that Duffy, voted “no” in the “over the cliff” legislation, H.R. 8, American Tax Relief Act of 2012.
I am a lifelong hunter, a gun owner and an enlistee and veteran of the Korean War, and I voted in the past for Republican Steve Gunderson to represent me in the 3rd Congressional District.
Sean Duffy, based upon his record — past and present — is the worst congressional representative I’ve had in my 60 years as a Wisconsin voter. I pray he has the moral courage to change his ways.