is time for the 9th District of Virginia to have a congressman who stands with Southwest Virginia.
It is time for the 9th District of Virginia to have a congressman who will put his constituents before his party. And it is time for the 9th District of Virginia to have a congressman who represents the values of Southwest Virginia. The district’s current representative, Democrat Rick Boucher, is not that person.
This November, I am supporting Republican Morgan Griffith for Congress. I know he will be the congressman Southwest Virginia so desperately needs. I have lived in Southwest Virginia my entire life and I’ve seen firsthand the economic disadvantages this region has faced.
Actually, even though columnist Brandon Carroll has written I simply “claim” to be from Southwest Virginia, I couldn’t be prouder to say I’m from this region. I love this area and it will always be my home, and I also want a congressman who will stand up for it in Washington. Boucher doesn’t do that.
How does Boucher fail to truly represent this district? For starters, he has voted with President Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s agenda 96.4 percent of the time, according to the Washington Times. Boucher represents a district where only 39.6 percent of the vote went to Obama in 2008, and yet he has consistently voted with his party while ignoring the wishes of his constituents.
He voted for the “stimulus bill,” which promised to create jobs and keep unemployment below 8 percent when it still rose above the 10 percent mark. He also voted for, and helped write, the cap-and-trade legislation that will cause Virginia to lose as many as 56,000 jobs while crippling the coal industry, a lifeline for Southwest Virginia.
My family owns two small businesses that operate in Southwest Virginia, one of them manufacturing equipment for coal mines. This isn’t me being against Boucher’s economic policies because I’m a Republican and he’s a Democrat; this is me being against his economic policies because they are wrong for this region.
As a congressman, Boucher’s record is unimpressive. As Brandon Carroll has pointed out in the past, Boucher is credited with creating 5,000 jobs in the district. Carroll, and other Boucher supporters, fail to see the whole picture.