Now You Speak Up, Congressman Baird?

by lewwaters

Brian Baird, Democrat congressman in Washington’s 3rd congressional district decided to hang it up and retire after this term, his 6th. For nearly all of his 12 years allegedly representing us in the 3rd C.D., he remained mostly loyal to his party, especially since Democrats seized control in the 2006 elections and Nancy Pelosi began her reign as Speaker of the House.

Baird is following in the footsteps of many who went before him. He wrote a book about his time in office, “Character, Politics and Responsibility: Restarting the Heart of the American Republic.”

Baird, well known for “official” congressional trips to exotic locales takes some pretty controversial stands in his book.

Of the Pelosi led Congress Baird says, “It’s been an authoritarian, closed leadership.”

On “cleaning out the swamp” as many Democrats campaigned on throughout 2006, Baird states, “We abandoned all that work after the election, and leaders told us we should trust them to clean things up. I don’t know a single member of the Democratic caucus who saw the final rules package before they voted on it.”

On energy reform Baird claims, “With cap and trade we wound up with a bill that didn’t accomplish much, was enormously complicated and expensive.”

Towards Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac he says, “When I was first elected I was puzzled why they were holding events in my honor as a mere freshman. I asked myself, why is a federal entity so involved in political activity?”

On health care reform he said, “What the hell were we doing voting on this? I had labor groups come to me and insist the bill was so important we couldn’t wait to know what was in it,” even though he still stands by his voting for the bill.

Read more at Wall Street Journal

He states “The single most important and beneficial reform for our nation would be a complete ban on candidates or elected officials raising or accepting campaign contributions or spending of personal funds on campaigns,” although he consistently outspent every opponent he ran against.

Back in September he told the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin about the content of his book, “I will say things and recommend actions that I know will upset some of the most powerful interests in the country, including many people and groups that are and have been longtime friends and supporters.”

To the Reflector’s Marvin Case he claims, “We are passing unconscionable debt onto our children. This has to stop.”

On matters of character and values Baird wrote, “Anyone can talk about values, but character means dealing with the full complexity of life and putting values into actions. Elected leaders and the people must put values into action and demonstrate real honesty, integrity, responsibility, courage, a sense of community, and humility.”

With the claims made in his book, all I can ask is why now? Why did he not speak out earlier or stand up against this mess? Why wait until you are ready to leave and then place it in a book? Where were you when should have been representing us, Mr. Baird, not those special interests to rail against today.

Where was your “character and values” as you supported and voted for virtually every bill and policy you now complain about?

Baird says what he would say to incoming freshmen Republicans, if they win as big as expected, “Governing isn’t as easy as you think.”

Maybe if he had avoided some of those exotic trips or stood by constituents, it might not be as hard as it has been made.

2 Comments to “Now You Speak Up, Congressman Baird?”

  1. No dismissal from constituents
    No censure or snubs from fellow Dems
    No “hell to pay” from Pelosi
    Just lots of big bucks from book sales


  2. And a nice fat congressional pension.


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