Letter to editor from Luke Bauerlein, Phoenixville, Daily Local News, 12/19/17
As a constituent of Representative Costello’s and one of the fifteen citizens that peacefully occupied his office on Thursday, December 7th, I’m writing to provide context for the sit-in and to share my concerns with the way our Representative characterized this action in a fundraising email sent out by his team on Thursday afternoon. Seeing as he was not present, it sounds like he may have been misled about the nature of our visit.
A few points of clarification I will offer up front.
– Our actions were entirely non-violent and lawful.
– We arrived in the congressman’s office at 9:00 AM and left of our own accord at 1:30 PM.
– We were never asked by staffers to leave his office.
– We were asked to step away from an unoccupied staffer’s desk area and back into the “designated public waiting area.”
– We complied with this request.
– We were not informed staff was calling the police….
keep reading at Daily Local News. The letter goes on to refute Rep. Costello’s statement about “inappropriate and disruptive behavior from the radical left” and to critique provisions of the bill.
Letter from Luke Bauerlein, Phoenixville, in The Pottstown Mercury, 9/16/17
Open Letter to “both” of the Ryan Costellos currently serving District 6 of Pennsylvania:
On a past Tuesday night I had the honor of being selected to join one of Congressman Costello’s telephone town halls. As an independent voter and thinker, I was curious to hear the congressman’s thoughts on DACA and how he would approach a legislative solution from his perspective as a self-described moderate.
Imagine my surprise to find there was more than one Ryan Costello on the call! Unfortunately for the congressman, this next part comes with a spoiler alert: of the two versions of Congressman Costello I encountered on September 5, 2017, there is only one version I found to be electable come 2018.
The first version of the congressman I heard that night, and the one that most often comes through in his public newsletter, spoke accurately about the unconstitutionality of DACA but also with compassion about the urgency needed from Congress to develop a bi-partisan, legislative solution to our immigration crisis. I was impressed.
Unfortunately, there was another version of the congressman that appeared. This version spoke vaguely about the “toxicity” of our current political environment and then called out two of his constituents by name on the call – Nathaniel S. and Claire W. Their offense? Having published letters to the editor in local newspapers that were critical of the congressman. Without providing additional context, he then proceeded to say that his Berks County office would be closed due to a protest action being planned by a group he said could be labeled as “alt-left.”
Needless to say, this is not the type of behavior I expect from my elected representative….
keep reading at The Pottstown Mercury