This past Saturday, Congressman Reid Ribble sponsored a job fair in Appleton. He’s facing some criticism for leaving the event early to go to a campaign fund raiser. Evan McMorris-Santoro from Talking Points Memo did an excellent piece of this subject. It can be found here.
Reid Ribble says that he wants to make sure all of his constituents have the opportunity for employment. I contend his actions spoke louder than his words. If he really meant that statement he would have stayed for the entire event to make sure every job seeker who came to the job fair had the opportunity to learn more about getting a job. By favoring the campaign fund raiser over the jobs fair he’s clearly telling people he cares more about keeping his job than helping find jobs for the people who elected him. Or here’s a radical idea, he could have scheduled the events for different times so he didn’t have to make a choice.
The job fair should have been his first priority, instead he left to go to a campaign fund raiser. Here’s what he had to say about leaving early:
“Here’s the reality,” Ribble said in an interview from his jobs fair. “The more time I spend in here, I’m a bit of a distraction because the employers want to talk to people.”
He thinks he’s a distraction from people finding jobs? He sent a tweet saying he would be hosting the event from 9 am until noon. For some reason I always expect hosts to stay for the entire event, not just part of it. Maybe I’m old fashioned.
I really enjoyed watching the video that was released by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. The person questioning Reid – Matthew Van Grinsven – asked some good questions in a manner that vaguely reminded me of Michael Moore. It’s a shame that all of his questions weren’t answered. I look forward to seeing more video from this individual and thank him for sharing this one with the public.
If actions speak louder than words, Reid Ribble’s actions tell us he’s more interested in keeping his job than helping the unemployed people in his district find jobs for themselves. We need someone who is good with scheduling and who looks out for the interest of their constituents before campaign fund raising. Let’s hope we all remember this when his name is back on the ballot, November 6, 2012.
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