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….
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