MIA: Senator Rob Portman

MIA: Senator Rob Portman

Originally posted at Indivisible Shaker on 14 February 2017.

Rob Portman probably doesn't want to hear from his constituents in Cuyahoga County.

The Indivisible Guide  explains that the congressional calendar schedules regular recesses, also known as "District Work Periods,"  to give Members of Congress "the chance to take the temperature of their constituents." Our representatives, who are paid with our tax dollars, are supposed to hear from us in person. They should all schedule "town hall meetings" to listen to our concerns about the votes they've made - or are considering making - back in Washington.

But Rob Portman seems to be thinking, "That's not my job." His sole Ohio appearance during the Presidents' Day one-week recess will be at a closed fundraiser at Terra State Community College in Fremont (2830 Napoleon Road, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m.).

Maybe those of us in Cuyahoga County who are furious about his vote for know-nothing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, black-lives-don't-matter Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and his support for Neil Gorsuch in a stolen Supreme Court seat will have better luck holding a town hall meeting with the deceased British actor Eric Portman.

Portman, whom the Internet Movie Data Base says "was so good at playing . . . Nazi officers that many believed he was German," claimed to have been promised by no less a personage than Joachim von Ribbentrop that he would be installed as "the greatest English star in the New Europe" once Germany won World War II.

Senator Portman was on the short list for vice president in 2012. Considering how many openings are still to be filled in the current administration, his Cuyahoga constituents are wondering whether he's hoping to be installed somewhere in Trump's White House - and if a desire to avoid our ire is what's behind his lack of political will to face us.

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