I hinted last week that I might have met our new Congressman, Rob Wittman and my readers also know I am not, to say the least, crazy about it.
But at the Tomato Festival, our midsummer party to the most wonderful fruit or vegetable in the world: The Hanover Tomato, I did meet the Congressman and had a fairly lengthy conversation with him.
I tried to ask some good questions and I can only hope I can recall the details – well, maybe not every detail because it was not intended for publication but I did find out several useful things:
- Congressman Wittman was a scientist before he entered politics (I went to GOP.gov for some details) and worked in environmental health and shellfish protection – yes shellfish – and has a Ph.D in public policy (VCU) but a master’s in Public Health (UNC), too.
- Rob is against the TPP and even voted against even awarding the Trade Promotion Authority to the President.
- The Congressman is concerned about the sovereignty aspects of the TPP. I was glad to see this position.
- I liked his position on the filibuster – Wittman contends the Senate rule ought to be changed back to the pre-60 vote days and if you want to filibuster you ought to have to do the Jefferson Smith talkathon to stop a bill.
- Yes Rob Wittman is running for Governor and he wants to get in there to work with the legislature – not fight it like the present one does. While Rob is against the blanket voting rights for felons and he would prefer the case-by-case approach. (I think the governor has the power but used it poorly but should have instead worked with the General Assembly to implement it properly and I told Wittman that.) I will look into his campaign. I discussed the need for a statewide public defender system (that was how I found out about his science background.) but the gubernatorial hopeful did not commit.
- No, Congressman Wittman is not seeking membership in the Freedom Caucus but he discusses matters with Cong. Dave Brat.
It was a lot longer a talk than I expected but I came away with a greater respect for Hanover’s new congressman. And he DOES have a Democrat opponent (in the interest of fairness, here’s Matt Rowe’s site) and even an Independent Green (Gail Parker) whose important issue is favoring high speed rail. So I will vote Wittman this election.
Want more proof – here’s the picture!
The picture actually turned out well for me!